The long awaited release of the BackTrack 5 R2 kernel has arrived, and it’s now available in our repositories. With a spanking brand new 3.2.6 kernel, a huge array of new and updated tools and security fixes, BT5 R2 will provide a more stable and complete penetration testing environment than ever before. We will start a series of blog posts on how to upgrade, deal with VMWare, and even build your own updated BT5 R2 by yourself. For now though, here’s how to get the new kernel and all of the updated goodness:
1. Update and upgrade your BT5 (R1) installation:
apt-get install beef
Once that’s done, you should already have the new kernel installed as well as any last updates we have for the official R2 release. You need to reboot to have the 3.2.6 kernel kick in.
2. OPTIONAL – Once rebooted, log back in, and get your pretty splash screen back.
On the next reboot, you should see the red console splash screen appear.
3. Verify that you are running a 3.2.6 kernel:
You should see something like “Linux bt 3.2.6 …”
4. Feel free to install any or all of the new tools featured in BackTrack 5 R2:
5. Add the new security updates repository to /etc/apt/sources.list, and run another upgrade.
During the last upgrade you’ll be asked about file revision updates. Make sure to always keep the locally installed file. Feel free to press “Enter” and accept all the defaults.
6. Some of the newly installed services will be set to start on boot. We like disabling these as needed:
update-rc.d -f cups remove
update-rc.d -f apache2 remove
update-rc.d -f winbind remove
And…you’re done! Expect a more comprehensive introduction to BT5 R2, on the day of the Official release – March 1st! The BackTrack 5 R2 ISOS will we available for download from our site on March 1st via Torrent only. HTTP links will be added a few days later.