2 Apr 2013

Kali Linux - good Backtrack version to hang with

Kali Linux is recently released as the 6th version of Backtrack series. For all the pen testers and wanna be hackers, its a good tool to kick start the things.

With regards to penetration testing tools, the folks at Offensive Security basically cleansed BackTrack, took out the old, broken and duplicated and brought in the new and thereby created Kali Linux. Not only are the pentesting tools GPG signed (along with the repositories) but there has been an emphasis on making Kali Linux the multinational penetration testing Linux Distribution of choice. By making an effort to incorporate other widely spoken languages is a smart move since it will have a positive impact with regards to the distro’s usage in other countries.
Being and staying true to the open source ethos Kali Linux is using a Git Tree which enables users to see and tweak all software sources. Kali is also FHS compliant (Filesystem Hierarchy Standard) enabling users greater ease in being able to locate files, binaries and libraries. Ensuring FHS compliance with the Git Tree does make tweaking the distro a breeze – and for that Offensive Security needs praise.


Few General FAQs which I find useful:

Q. What is Kali Linux ?

Kali Linux is the new generation of the industry-leading BackTrack Linux penetration testing and security auditing Linux distribution.
Kali Linux is a complete re-build of BackTrack from the ground up, adhering completely to Debian development standards.

Q. Should I Use Kali Linux?

As the distribution developers, one would likely expect us to recommend that everyone use Kali Linux but the fact of the matter is, that Kali is a Linux distribution specifically geared towards professional penetration testing and security auditing.

Q. Kali Linux Default Passwords

During installation, Kali Linux allows users to configure a password for the root user. However, should you decide to boot the live image instead, the i386, amd64, and ARM images are configured with the default root password – “toor“, without the quotes.
In summary Kali Linux, as a continuation of the ever popular BackTrack Linux needs praise – the team are dedicated and, it seems, are listening to their ever growing and loyal community. We are going to stick with BackBox but will certainly have Kali on a virtual machine to further experiment.
I still didn't get enough time to work on Kali linux properly however the reviews I received on it were good and I believe its a good tool to hit a try.


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1 comments:

george psl said...

Hi there, i have 2 question, 1) backtrack is included in kali linux or i have to download it after kali instalation 2) i have win7, which program do you suggest me to instal kali linux alongside win7? ... :)

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