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    Default Hello All, Why? [ Intoduction and Question ]

    Hello all,

    I am Robin Vossen I am a Security analyst for about 4 years now.
    Specialised in NetSecurity [ Sniffing, Session Stealing and Poisoning ] and RCEing.
    I am a coder in Perl, C and Assembler.
    Interested in Malware, Shellcoding and everything else LowLevel.

    I work for a couple of company's as Security Counsellor.

    I run Arch Linux myself and I can almost do all my Pentesting work with it.
    And I don't see why I would want to get Backtrack? I wonder, whats the big Plus why I would want to get this for my laptop? I can run my tools (Perl, Wireshark, Radare, IDA, Metasploit etc) fine on my Laptop (eee1kh)

    So, whats the big plus on BackTrack?
    The only plus that I can see is that its a live CD. But I don't see when I would ever need to have a LiveCD with Metasploit on it?
    Besides that I noticed that it had the right version of Ruby on it for Metasploit so you take away quite a lot of annoyance that I did have with Arch Linux.

    So, can something tell me what makes BT so Unique?

    Thanks in advance.

    Cheers,
    Robin

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    BT is a distribution where the vast majority of pentesting/cracking tools are already loaded into the distribution, of course you will need to keep those tools up to date, but 'out of the box' the cd/usb/dvd works as a security toolkit straight away.

    And of course there is the advantage of this forum, full of some excellent security pros to help and advise when necessary.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robin View Post
    ........Besides that I noticed that it had the right version of Ruby on it for Metasploit so you take away quite a lot of annoyance that I did have with Arch Linux..........
    Well that's probably the main advantage, in that many tools and drivers are already configured to run out of the box.
    With recent developments, it should become nice and easy to keep everything up to date also.
    BTW, of course it doesn't have to be run as a livecd. It's popular to use BT as a full hdd install too, or even for virtualised environments - lab use, etc......

    If you're comfortable building the many 100's of tools, drivers, etc, yourself then go for it

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    Quote Originally Posted by digitalfriction View Post
    BT is a distribution where the vast majority of pentesting/cracking tools are already loaded into the distribution, of course you will need to keep those tools up to date, but 'out of the box' the cd/usb/dvd works as a security toolkit straight away.

    And of course there is the advantage of this forum, full of some excellent security pros to help and advise when necessary.
    Not to mention the custom drivers, PXE boot option, and massive hardware compatibility profiles built in. This is a bonafide hacker Swiss-army knife and as such is invaluable when testing "in the field".



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    Ok, well thanks all I see that Backtrack is no Biggy then as a Laptop Distro.
    But its great to have on a PenDrive for whereever I go.

    I think I'll buy a Nice PenDrive that says BackTrack on it to Flash it on, attach it to my Keys.
    Yes, thanks all.

    Ill mess about with it for a bit.

    Cheers,
    Robin

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