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Old 10-16-2007, 01:32 AM   #1
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Live linux distros. Agenda: Security testing.

I'm looking to set up a USB bootable with network testing tools. I'm just wondering if theres a leading security distro that's worth while using.

At the moment i use knoppix/hirens for this purpose.

A solution or any help would be greatly appreciated.
Old 10-16-2007, 06:10 AM   #2
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This might be what you're looking for:
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There are many live linux cd's for pentesting which can be boot from USB but i am getting late for is one link
I will give u more links very soon
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1. BackTrack

The newest contender on the block of course is BackTrack, which we have spoken about previously. An innovative merge between WHax and Auditor (WHax formely WHoppix).

BackTrack is the result of the merging of two Innovative Penetration Testing live Linux distributions Whax and Auditor, combining the best features from both distributions, and paying special attention to small details, this is probably the best version of either distributions to ever come out.

Based on SLAX (Slackware), BackTrack provides user modularity. This means the distribution can be easily customised by the user to include personal scripts, additional tools, customised kernels, etc.

2. Operator

Operator is a very fully featured LiveCD totally oriented around network security (with open source tools of course).

Operator is a complete Linux (Debian) distribution that runs from a single bootable CD and runs entirely in RAM. The Operator contains an extensive set of Open Source network security tools that can be used for monitoring and discovering networks. This virtually can turn any PC into a network security pen-testing device without having to install any software. Operator also contains a set of computer forensic and data recovery tools that can be used to assist you in data retrieval on the local system.


PHLAK or [P]rofessional [H]acker’s [L]inux [A]ssault [K]it is a modular live security Linux distribution (a.k.a LiveCD). PHLAK comes with two light gui’s (fluxbox and XFCE4), many security tools, and a spiral notebook full of security documentation. PHLAK is a derivative of Morphix, created by Alex de Landgraaf.

Mainly based around Penetration Testing, PHLAK is a must have for any pro hacker/pen-tester.

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I use knoppix-std and I've been happy. But I don't do any hardcore security stuff... mostly just hardware testing.
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Thank you for the response. This has been helpful and am about to give phlak a go.


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