How to build a Linux Security / Hack Box
I have been using Red Hat 7.2 thru 9 for a couple of years, I have been using it as a OS repalcement (for 80% of the time). I am happy with Red Hat, but I am starting to look at Debian. I am interested in learning as much as I can about Linux, and then implementing the systems in a corporate environment. I have been trying to install numerous sniff / analyzer tools without much sucess.
Here is my question:
I would like to set up my Laptop as a Security Box (Penetration Testing, IDS, sniffer, Cracker) minimal installation of all applications (no games, themes, or other bogus things that waste performance). I want to optimize installations of Kismet, Snort, Airsnort, TCPDump, Etheral. and any other tools that anyone can recommend. Is there a recommended distro for this type of box? Is there a How To for this type? Everytime I try to install I am missing the prereq's, when I try to install the prereq's I am getting permission denied. Clearly I am making mistakes somewhere.
Thanks for your help.