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    • #7921
      Yet
      Participant

      Hello, i am just curious so many online course uses BT for pentest, but is there any other Distro that can used apart from BT ?

    • #50118
      RoleReversal
      Participant

      Hi,

      there’s many different options to use on a test, for alternative dedicated distros take a look at BlackBuntu or BackBox for example.

      Additionally you don’t need to use a dedicated pentest distro to perform pentest activities. My main machine is a vanilla Ubuntu (Mint) installation with my preferred tools either installed from repos or compiled from source. Plus I keep a BT VM image handy incase I need to rapidly confirm output from my own system, or access a tool a rarely use.

      The main reason for using BackTrack, especially in a training environment is that it ensures that all student system configurations (should) be identical, so effort can be focused on learning the tools and techniques, rather than trying to troubleshoot each student’s unique configuration issues.

      Ultimately use whatever you feel comfortable, try a few and see what works for you.

    • #50119
      Yet
      Participant

      Thanks for your insight i thought maybe only BT is used for pentest, since it’s extremely popular .

      @Andrew Waite wrote:

      Hi,

      there’s many different options to use on a test, for alternative dedicated distros take a look at BlackBuntu or BackBox for example.

      Additionally you don’t need to use a dedicated pentest distro to perform pentest activities. My main machine is a vanilla Ubuntu (Mint) installation with my preferred tools either installed from repos or compiled from source. Plus I keep a BT VM image handy incase I need to rapidly confirm output from my own system, or access a tool a rarely use.

      The main reason for using BackTrack, especially in a training environment is that it ensures that all student system configurations (should) be identical, so effort can be focused on learning the tools and techniques, rather than trying to troubleshoot each student’s unique configuration issues.

      Ultimately use whatever you feel comfortable, try a few and see what works for you.

    • #50120
      RoleReversal
      Participant

      @Yet wrote:

      […] i thought maybe only BT is used for pentest, since it’s extremely popular .

      Personally I think it’s a bit of a feedback loop:

      • Backtrack is popular because it’s a good package, no getting away from that
      • Because it’s popular (and relatively stable) it’s used for a lot of training or self-taught from books/articles
      • Because it’s used in a lot of training, a lot of people become comfortable/confident with it
      • Lots of people using BT, means it becomes more popular
      • GOTO top
    • #50121
      Yet
      Participant

      Yeah cause a lot of people are really using it .

      @Andrew Waite wrote:

      @Yet wrote:

      […] i thought maybe only BT is used for pentest, since it’s extremely popular .

      Personally I think it’s a bit of a feedback loop:

      • Backtrack is popular because it’s a good package, no getting away from that
      • Because it’s popular (and relatively stable) it’s used for a lot of training or self-taught from books/articles
      • Because it’s used in a lot of training, a lot of people become comfortable/confident with it
      • Lots of people using BT, means it becomes more popular
      • GOTO top

    • #50122
      DataDwarf
      Participant

      There is also the Fedora security spin for those who prefer a RedHat based distro:

      http://spins.fedoraproject.org/security/

    • #50123
      cyber.spirit
      Participant

      blackbuntu
      backbox
      samurai
      these are three of 10 distros for pentest

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