What is your preferred platform for

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    • #4861
      Triban
      Participant

      I have yet to decide which platform I want to use for security testing.  I just rebuilt my Macbook since I no longer need it for work.  I have the following apps installed on it and not sure if I should any any others, I figure I could also toss on a VM or 2 for other applications (Backtrack).

      KisMAC
      Wireshark
      NMAP 5.21
      Nessus

      Any other suggestions would be welcomed.  So what do the rest of you use?

    • #30573
      Dengar13
      Participant

      You should check out SamuraiWTF for web app pen testing…good stuff!

      http://samurai.inguardians.com/

    • #30574
      UNIX
      Participant

      No preferred platform here, I use whatever fits best and does the job. All platforms (and programs) have their pros and cons, so personally I see no reason why to limit myself only to one.
      If you are more interested in the programs rather than a platform you might find the Top 100 Network Security Tools-list interesting. There it’s also noted for which platform the tools are available and thereupon you could choose a particular platform if that’s what you want.

    • #30575
      Triban
      Participant

      Just realized I never finished filling in the subject 😀  I suppose I lean towards either my Windows laptop or my Mac.  I have tried linux a few times and just find that my knowledge of the OS sometimes hinders my ability to use it efficiently, but then again I am working on that.  It is tough to keep focused sometimes 😀

    • #30576
      j0rDy
      Participant

      you got the basic tooling covered (except for netcat! dont forget about netcat!). i could recommend to install 2 different versions of tooling for each job, to filter out false positives/negatives. to give a example:

      use NMAP and unicornscan.

      this way you get some sort of confirmation of the information found and possibly some differences (which you should double check with another tool) that could make or break your pentest.

    • #30577
      Ketchup
      Participant

      I prefer my netbook with Ubuntu.  It’s extremely light and portable.  I supplement with a USB dongle wireless card that supports injection better and an external hard drive when I need extra storage not handled by my SSD drive.  There are just a few Windows tools that I cannot get working in Wine that force me to bring my notebook once in a while.

    • #30578
      KrisTeason
      Participant

      I’ll also second the netbook. I purchased a EEE-PC 900HA a couple years back, scrapped the XP Installation and installed BackTrack. It runs BackTrack 3 & 4 pretty seemlessly – Love it  8) I believe the 1000 series models run it well too.

    • #30579
      hayabusa
      Participant

      Ditto…  netbooks have worked well for BT.

    • #30580
      Ketchup
      Participant

      I have an HP Mini 1000 myself.  I am very happy with it, especially after upgrading the RAM to 2GB.  The only thing I should have done differently is purchased one with HP’s Linux distro.  I would have saved $50.  I wouldn’t have used their distro and would have still used Ubuntu, but I would have enjoyed another two cases of beer or so.

    • #30581
      rattis
      Participant

      I’m thinking about getting a Lenovo Ideapad s10, in a month or two (should be able to afford it). I figure if it’s good enough for SANS sec558, it’ll be good enough for me.

      I wonder if I can get some of the tools they install it, without taking their course.

    • #30582
      What90
      Participant

      @Chrisj

      Have you looked at SANS Investigative Forensic Toolkit (SIFT) Workstation: Version 2.0 ISO https://computer-forensics2.sans.org/community/downloads/

      I’m pretty sure that the basis of the image on those Lenovo Ideapad s10 they hand out.

    • #30583
      MicroJay
      Participant

      I have an Acer Aspire One D250 Netbook.  I bumped it up to 2Gigs and put the latest BIOS on.  (Older BIOS’s did not handle booting from SD slot.)  Put BT4 on the SD.  Have not had anything break with BT and the Acer.

    • #30584
      rattis
      Participant

      What90

      No I haven’t. I know some of the tools were built for the forensic puzzles, and folded in. Some of them are really nice scripts. Nothing I can’t do by hand, but automation makes it nicer.

    • #30585
      Triban
      Participant

      Hmmm sounds like I may have a reason to get a netbook soon 😀 

    • #30586
      bunny
      Participant

      @MicroJay wrote:

      I have an Acer Aspire One D250 Netbook.  I bumped it up to 2Gigs and put the latest BIOS on.  (Older BIOS’s did not handle booting from SD slot.)  Put BT4 on the SD.  Have not had anything break with BT and the Acer.

      I’m also using the same netbook.  Unfortunately i’m unable to get the wireless driverscard to work.  How did you manage it.

      I’ve tried
      update-rc.d wicd defaults
      /etc/init.d/wicd start

      before running startx but it doesn’t pickup any wireless card.

    • #30587
      pizza1337
      Participant

      I have acer 4420 i run bt4 on it and broadcom card works, injection and monitor mode(took lots of time to figure out)
      i also have eeepc 100*, it also runs bt4.

    • #30588
      Artholm3
      Participant

      Netbooks can run BT 4 and pen test decently well? I’m strapped for cash and that is interesting news indeed…

    • #30589
      Ketchup
      Participant

      Absolutely.  I don’t run BT normally, but I do have it on a fast SD card.  It runs just fine.  I would only suggest that you pop an extra 1GB of RAM if yours comes with 1GB RAM.  It made the world of a difference on mine.

    • #30590
      Artholm3
      Participant

      @Ketchup wrote:

      Absolutely.   I don’t run BT normally, but I do have it on a fast SD card.   It runs just fine.   I would only suggest that you pop an extra 1GB of RAM if yours comes with 1GB RAM.  It made the world of a difference on mine.

      I havent bought anything yet, but was looking at what System76.com had to offer regarding laptops. Could the netbook they have listed work ok?

    • #30591
      MicroJay
      Participant

      Bunny –
      Welcome to the group.  I had an issue with BT4 Pre with the ethernet adapters.  This was my thread about it…
      http://forums.remote-exploit.org/newbie-area/25490-aspireone-d250-no-network.html

      Ultimately, BT4 Final worked fine without adjustments to the wireless.

    • #30592
      son55jennings
      Participant

      I have acer Aspire AS5742G-7200, has a plastic chassis, with lid and palm rest panels imprinted with a decorative textured pattern. The texture provides a nice feel, effectively hiding any fingerprints and smudges while also providing a bit of traction when using or carrying the laptop.
      you should try it.

    • #30593
      Brian Cowen
      Participant

      What is Operating System of choice and why?!
      We have several choices like Windows, Linux, Solaris, and more… which one is your favorite?
      Me? I am using GNU/Linux, particularly PCLinuxOS 2007 coz it suites my desktop needs like encoding, some spreadsheet tasks, editing our website, chat, browsing the web, listen to music, watch movies.. and more!

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