Archive for the ‘Security’ Category

First Look: BackTrack 3.0

February 6th, 2006 5 comments has one of the first reviews of BackTrack, the results of WHAX (Whoppix) and Auditor security LiveCDs joining together.

Once on the desktop, you will immediately notice the “BackTrack” submenu on the KDE panel. This is the most exciting part of this distribution, a place were all the specialist utilities can be accessed from. It is pointless to list them all here, but let me assure you that the collection is truly astonishing and includes tools for sniffing remote router traffic, cracking Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA), “bluesnarfing” (a method of hacking into Bluetooth-enabled mobile phones), scanning networks for vulnerabilities, uncovering weaknesses in the Point-to-Point Tunnelling Protocol (PPTP), decrypting SSL traffic and recovering passwords.

Categories: Reviews, Security

A Techie’s Trusty Seven

January 25th, 2006 Comments off

The security section of Enterprise IT Planet has an article about seven useful tools for computer security. Coming in at number seven is WHAX.

And finally, every security practitioner should have a live CD of some sort. I prefer WHAX, but there are many, many live CD distros available tailored to specific purposes.

Categories: News, Security

New Linux live CD for security professionals

November 8th, 2005 5 comments

NewsForge reports there’s a new security LiveCD based on Slackware.

Categories: News, Security

Microsoft’s Security CD fails c’t Magazine’s tests

November 1st, 2005 Comments off

Heise online talks about several LiveCDs used for cleaning Windows boxes. They say c’t magazine is being mailed with both the Microsoft and Knoppix-based tools, which is cool, except that I don’t have a subscription because I don’t speak German.

Categories: News, Security

MitraX live CD

October 6th, 2005 2 comments reviews the MitraX LiveCD. Looks like an interesting LiveCD, it even comes with the Offile NT Password and Registry Editor, in case you need to reset a password on a Windows machine.

MitraX boots notably faster than similar live CD distributions. In less than half a minute, MitraX boots into the FVWM-95 desktop, which looks like Windows 95 and works in a similar fashion. This is a smart choice because it is practical and lightweight. For this kind of distribution, it’s more than enough.

Categories: Desktop, Reviews, Security

How to break into a computer that is right at your fingertips

October 5th, 2005 2 comments has posted an article about breaking into a Windows box using Knoppix. It seems a little odd to me that this is considered “breaking into a computer”, when in the second part of the article the computer is doing exactly what it was setup to do (ie. boot off a cdrom).

Categories: How To, Security

Auditor and WHAX merge, PHLAK announces USB edition

October 3rd, 2005 1 comment

DistroWatch has news thatAuditor and WHAX are merging into a distro called Backtrack, and PHLAK is going to support developing large and small versions of itself.

Categories: News, Security

Auditor: The security tool collection

September 26th, 2005 Comments off has a short review of Auditor. Includes a good walkthrough of instances where Auditor can be used.

Many security engineers arrive on a client’s site and find that the network documentation required for solving the task properly is incorrect or even obsolete.

Categories: Reviews, Security

PHLAK Penetration Testing Live CD Distro

September 20th, 2005 2 comments has a compact review of the security LiveCD PHLAK.

The XFCE desktop is nicely laid out, the menu easy to navigate and the taskbar buttons very helpful. PHLAK comes with some really nice documentation, available from the ‘PHLAK security documents’ icon on the XFCE taskbar or the Fluxbox menu.

Categories: Reviews, Security

More Whax and Auditor hacking demos

August 18th, 2005 Comments off

digg has a link to a webpage which has all the Whax and Audior hacking demos available in a single download. Use these to become a computer security expert and get a high paying job.

I’ve scoured the net to locate every single movie and flash demo for Whax (formerly known as Whoppix) as well as Auditor.

Categories: News, Security

Assess system security using a Linux LiveCD

July 31st, 2005 1 comment

IBM Developerworks discovers four security based LiveCDs and writes up some good information about them.

Categories: Reviews, Security

Whax Stand-alone Penetration-testing Live distro Review

July 29th, 2005 1 comment has a good review of WHAX 3.0. If you’re wondering why you would want to download WHAX, this review will answer that question.

when you open the ‘k’ menu, you will notice the top menu ‘Whax tools’; this menu is what sets Whax apart from the crowd. the ‘Whax tools’ menu is divided into easy and obvious sub-menu’s, from enumeration to fuzzers and bluetooth utilities.

Fuzzers? Anyone want to add that to Wikipedia?

Categories: Reviews, Security

WHAX 3.0 Screenshots

July 29th, 2005 1 comment

WHAX 3.0 screenshots over at OSDir.

Categories: Screenshots, Security

WHAX v.3.0 Final Released!

July 17th, 2005 Comments off

WHAX 3.0 is out. A lot of changes, and the first stable release of since it switched from being Whoppix.

Finally! Whax is stable enough to leave the beta stage and go public.

Categories: Releases, Security