Hacking With Security Tools Part — 5

Update: This article is part of a series. Check out the full series: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5!


Welcome to the last module of this workshop. We have been talking about hacking & exploit development so far in this workshop. Over the Internet, there are many distributions which you can see as security distributions which were built for penetration testing or security testing as the main purpose. But not all of them have the strength that Kali Linux has.

In this module, we will simply present the comparison or the intros of other security-related operating systems and Kali Linux.

Known Hacking Distributions (Operating Systems) 1 — Blackburn

Blackbuntu is a penetration testing Linux distribution that is specially designed for training security students and information security practitioners. It was built on Ubuntu 10.10 with the Gnome desktop environment. Blackbuntu will also include the KDE desktop in the final release of Blackbuntu Community Edition 0.3.

Download: http://blackbuntu.sourceforge.net.

2 — NodeZero Linux

NodeZero Linux is also one of the penetration-testing tools, and it can be used as a “live system”. This can be used as pen testing reverse engineering and forensic analysis.

Download: http://www.nodezero-linux.org/.

3 — BackBox

BackBox is a Linux distribution based on Ubuntu. It has been developed to perform penetration tests and security assessments. Designed to be fast, easy to use, and provide a minimal yet complete desktop environment, thanks to its own software repositories, always being updated to the latest stable version of the most used and best known ethical hacking tools.

BackBox uses the light window manager Xfce. It includes some of the most used security and analysis Linux tools, aiming to a widespread of goals, ranging from web application analysis to network analysis, from stress tests to sniffing, including also vulnerability assessment, computer forensic analysis, and exploitation.

Download: http://www.backbox.org/repository.

4 — Samurai Web Testing Framework

The Samurai Web Testing Framework is a live Linux environment that has been pre-configured to function as a web pen-testing environment. The CD contains the best of the open-source and free tools that focus on testing and attacking websites. In developing this environment, we have based our tool selection on the tools we use in our security practice.

Download: http://sourceforge.net/projects/samurai/files/.

5 — STD Linux

STD is a Linux-based Security Tool. Actually, it is a collection of hundreds if not thousands of open source security tools. It’s a Live Linux Distro, which means it runs from a bootable CD in memory without changing the native operating system of the host computer. Its sole purpose in life is to put as many security tools at your disposal with as slick an interface as it can.

Download: http://s-t-d.org/download.html.

So far, we presented the top five distributions, which are available over the internet for performing sort of similar tasks which Kali Linux performs.

However, Kali Linux is backed by a well-known and strong organization that keeps Kali Linux up to date and continues enhancing its features and providing more tools to perform security testing. However, the problem with other distributions is that some of them died out over a period of time and the rest don’t enhance their features in order to support the new requirements in the field of hacking.

For you to experience the flavors of these security distributions, we have provided the links to download and test them.

Originally published at https://learncybersec.blogspot.com.



Cyber Security Analyst & researcher

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