1. Kali Linux

Pentesting  “Hacking Linux Distribution”

Kali Linux is a very popular Debian-derived Linux distribution which is created by Offensive Security. Kali, as it is often abbreviated to, is designed for digital forensics and penetration testing. This hacking distribution was the continuation in a long line of pentesting distros – being created after the infamous BackTrack Linux Distro series.It’s available on platforms like VMware, VirtualBox, and Raspberry Pi. Kali Linux official website.

2. BackBox

Pentesting “Hacking Linux Distribution”

BackBox is an Ubuntu-based distribution developed to perform penetration tests and security assessments. After Kali Linux this is the next most popular “hacking distro” that we know of BackBox  distribution providing a network and systems analysis toolkit. It includes some of the most commonly used security and analysis tools, which can be updated from their own repositories. It uses the Xfce window manager and it is designed to be fast and easy to use.

3. BlackArch

Pentesting “Hacking Linux Distribution”

BlackArch Linux is an Arch-based GNU/ Linux distribution for pentesters and security researchers. The BlackArch package repository is compatible with existing Arch installs, something which Kali Linux also excels at. And it comes with several lightweight window managers, including Fluxbox, Openbox, Awesome and spectrwm. The repository contains more than 1500 security tools.

4. Parrot Security Linux

Pentesting “Hacking Linux Distribution”

Parrot Security OS is a Debian-based security-oriented distribution featuring a collection of utilities designed for penetration testing, computer forensics, reverse engineering, hacking, privacy, anonymity and cryptography. Parrot Security Linux Pentesting OS is a relatively new player on the Linux Hacking Distro scene but has a devoted and committed development team (known as the Frozenbox Network.



Pentesting “Hacking Linux Distribution”

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