Thursday, May 05, 2011

BackTrack Linux Underway

One of the most well-known Linux distribution for penetration testing: BackTrack Linux is under heavy testing and it's being prepared to be launched in the next five days. It will be based on Ubuntu 10.04 LTS edition and it will have (finally) support for 32/64 bit architecture.

It will have a version number of 5 and codename of "Revolution" and what's more interesting is that it will support KDE 4, Gnome and Fluxbox Desktop Environment (DE) and they will also release ISO for each DE, so users can choose as they like. The previous version only comes with KDE 3. The menu structure will be reorganized so that it doesn't have any difference no matter what DE you used. It will also come with a full source code in the repository just like what you can get in Ubuntu Linux repositories.

As usual, it will be equipped with an extensive list of penetration testing tools which is selected carefully to ensure that it stays up to date and proven to be useful for penetration testing session, both in real live or in simulation (for example in CEH classroom session). I'm not really sure if they will come in VMWare Image or not, but looking at the past releases, i'm sure they will release it in VMWare as well.