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Old 06-08-2010, 09:03 AM   #1
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Is Backtrack4 Similar To Fedora?


Hi,

I dont know whether this question is worth askin here or not,neways my friend suggested me to install an o.s called Backtrack4,which basically consist of tools such as metasploit,nmap etc since i am interested in knowing and improving my knowlege on such programs,BUT what stops me from installing backtrack4 is that i am bothered whether the commands that work in redhat/fedora(yum,grep,ps,etc) will work in backtrack4??Is Backtrack one of the distros of linux?

Sorry if my question was too lame to be asked over here !!

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Old 06-08-2010, 09:37 AM   #2
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Hi Manish,

No question is silly/lame to ask - as long as its asked with sufficient info/politely

Regarding BackTrack, its really different to Fedora - have a look at http://distrowatch.com/table.php?distribution=backtrack

Its an Ubuntu/Debian based distro versus Fedora which is an rpm based distro. Thus things like package management especially works very differently.
 
Old 06-08-2010, 09:42 AM   #3
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Hi,

As alli_yas stated, there are no lame or stupid questions. In addition to alli_yas's post, the general daily maintenance tasks like starting and stopping services, creating startup links (checkconfig vs. update-rc.d) and others differ significantly between RPM based (RedHat, Fedora, CentOS) and DEB based distros (Debian, Ubuntu, Linux Mint).

So if you want to get started learning the utilities (A LOT) that come with BackTrack you should first get a bit acquainted with 'the Debian way'. If you only want to learn the utilities, you can install them in Fedora too if you prefer sticking with RPM based to not have to change your habits.

Kind regards,

Eric
 
Old 06-08-2010, 10:26 AM   #4
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Hi,

Thanks for the reply yas and eric.

But will all the pentest programs work in Fedora12? i would be really gratefull towards you ,if you could tell me on how or atleast the site to install the rpms for All those programs .


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Old 06-08-2010, 10:34 AM   #5
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Hello,

I don't know if you'll find RPMs for all the utilities used in BackTrack but if they don't provide RPM then I'm sure you can download the source code and compile that. I don't know if there's a full list of all the included utilities. Maybe this site can help you on your way. It shows how to install the BackTrack Tools on Ubuntu. Who knows you can find it for Fedora.

Kind regards,

Eric
 
Old 06-08-2010, 10:37 AM   #6
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Eric is right - maybe you can find a version for Fedora.

I've done a bit of research and can't find any concrete rpm based distro built for penetration testing (like BackTrack is).
 
Old 06-08-2010, 10:40 AM   #7
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Hello,

Another site that might be interesting:
10 Best Security LiveCD to get ideas. Didn't look if there's a RPM based distro though.

Kind regards,

Eric
 
Old 06-08-2010, 10:43 AM   #8
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Hi eric,


Nope that site doesnt help ,please let me know if you come across any such site




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Old 06-08-2010, 10:45 AM   #9
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Backtrack 3 is based on Slax.
Backtrack 4 on Ubuntu 8.10 Intrepid.


Pentest http://www.linuxhaxor.net/?p=1763
""5 Best Pen-Test Linux Distributions""
And .. ""NST is a Fedora based Live distribution""

More : Google .. pentest fedora ..
( Or .. pen-test fedora .. )
http://www.google.com/webhp#hl=en&so...038f59ac26c782
..

Last edited by knudfl; 06-08-2010 at 10:55 AM.
 
Old 06-08-2010, 10:50 AM   #10
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Hi,

Here you go:
Network Security Toolkit NST has package management capabilities similar to Fedora and maintains its own repository of additional packages. The system is based on Fedora Live CD technology, which provides support for the use of RPM software...

Google brought up a lot more, This is the 'more' relevant to your request.

Kind regards,

Eric
 
Old 06-08-2010, 10:58 AM   #11
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Sorry, Eric : Editing to include 'NST', while you were posting #10.


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Old 06-08-2010, 10:59 AM   #12
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Hi knudfl,

No need to apologize, the more - the merrier right?

Kind regards,

Eric
 
Old 06-08-2010, 12:43 PM   #13
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Hi,

Thnx for the reply eric,yas and knudfl



i googled a lot and the result is i did not find the programs or rpm's that are similar to backtrack4 programs, neways the best option would be to install backtrack4 O.s



Kind Regards,
Manish
 
Old 06-08-2010, 12:45 PM   #14
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Hello,

I'm sure you'll manage that. Anyway, you know where you can turn for help if needed

Kind regards,

Eric
 
Old 06-08-2010, 03:28 PM   #15
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BackTrack4 is a really good pen testing distro only. I say that because it is not meant for eye candy or anything else, just strictly for pen testing. This comes from the mindset of http://www.offensive-security.com/
If you want to know how to use BackTrack and serious about learning, I would suggest going here http://www.backtrack-linux.org/ and going through the forums. The forum members can be a little..umm..harsh, so browse for what you are looking for before posting any questions.

There is also a new distro based on the latest Ubuntu called GnackTrack.
The developer tries to stick as close to BackTrack as possible but using Gnome instead of KDE 3.5 http://www.gnacktrack.co.uk/

If you would like to look at some other options I would suggest NST http://www.networksecuritytoolkit.org/nst/index.html Which is Fedora based.
Another one you can check out http://www.livehacking.com/ Which is Ubuntu based.
 
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