After months of development, bug fixes, upgrades, and the addition of 42 new tools, the BackTrack team is happy to announce the full release of BackTrack 5 R2 available for download now. Running their custom-built 3.2.6 kernel with the best wireless support available, this is their fastest and best release of BackTrack yet. In the past few weeks, they have had a flood of submissions to their BackTrack Redmine Tracker with submissions for many new tools and dozens of packages that needed to be updated and this has helped to make this one of the strongest releases they’ve ever had.
Once again, their good friends over at Paterva have created a special BackTrack edition of Maltego 3.1.0 for our data mining pleasure and they have also included their recently-released CaseFile tool to help us organize and collate data from numerous sources. If you have never used these tools before, you really need to…they will change the way we interact with data and conduct reconnaissance.
We will also find they have included Metasploit 4.2.0 Community Edition, version 3.0 of the Social Engineer Toolkit, BeEF 0.4.3.2, and many other tool upgrades too numerous to mention.
In addition to the aforementioned updates and additions, they have also added the following new tools to BackTrack:
BackTrack 5 R2 – Reliable Weekly Security Updates and Fixes
Perhaps the one change that we are most excited about in this release is that they are now including the Ubuntu updates in their repositories on a more regular basis. So from now on, when we run a dist-upgrade, we will also receive the updated tools and packages that are being pulled from Ubuntu, making for a more secure and stable distribution. Rest assured that they will not be pushing out the updates blindly. They will be testing the updates internally to ensure that they don’t break any functionality prior to rolling them out publicly.
If you are merely upgrading your existing BackTrack installation to R2 instead of doing a fresh install, you can add the new update repository as shown below.
echo "deb http://updates.repository.backtrack-linux.org revolution main microverse non-free testing" >> /etc/apt/sources.list apt-get update apt-get dist-upgrade
BackTrack 5 R2 – Wiki Updates
Along with this release, they have created some new HOWTO’s in their wiki to cover some things that simply can’t be packaged efficiently into a distribution, particularly the configuration of clusters.
- Building a Pyrit Cluster
- Creating a John the Ripper Cluster
- Enabling PAE in BT5 R2
- Installing VMware Player
- Installing VMware Tools
We hope that you enjoy this new release of BackTrack as much as we enjoyed creating it. Our goal, as always, is to be the world’s best penetration testing distribution so if you find bugs or have tool suggestions, please feel free to open up a ticket in our Redmine tracker.