BackTrack 5 Released!

What’s BackTrack?

BackTrack is a Linux-based penetration testing arsenal that aids security professionals in the ability to perform assessments in a purely native environment dedicated to hacking. Regardless if you’re making BackTrack you Install BackTrack, boot it from a Live DVD or thumbdrive, the penetration distribution has been customized down to every package, kernel configuration, script and patch solely for the purpose of the penetration tester.

BackTrack 5, the most expected Linux security distribution in the world, has been officially released a few minutes ago.

Dubbed Revolution, BackTrack 5 is based on Ubuntu 10.04  LTS (Lucid Lynx), it’s powered by Linux kernel 2.6.38, patched with all the relevant wireless injection patches, and includes several major improvements. Fully open source and GPL compliant.

“The BackTrack Dev team has worked furiously in the past months on BackTrack 5, code name “revolution”. Today, we are proud to release our work to the public, and then rest for a couple of weeks.”

“This new revision has been built from scratch, and boasts several major improvements over all our previous releases.” – was stated in the release announcement.

Highlights of BackTrack 5:

  • Based on Ubuntu 10.04 LTS;
  • Linux kernel 2.6.38 (with wireless injection patches);
  • KDE 4.6;
  • GNOME 2.6;
  • 32-bit and 64-bit support;
  • Metasploit 3.7.0;
  • Forensics mode (a forensically sound instance);
  • Stealth mode (without generating network traffic);
  • Initial ARM image of BackTrack (for Android-powered devices);
  • …and many more!

Existing BackTrack 4 users should definitely upgrade to this new version, especially because starting with May 10th, 2011, BackTrack 4 is no longer supported.

For more information, visit: BackTrack Linux

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