Backbox Linux is a free, open-source Linux distribution based on Ubuntu. Backbox is one of the most popular Linux distros designed to perform security assessments and penetrations tests. The team recently released the new version 4.4. The version includes all the latest packages that have been recently released and some of the new features that improve BackBox strength.
Most of you guys have heard of Kali Linux, the most famous penetration testing Linux on the globe and loaded with hundreds of astounding tools. BackBox is similar to Kali Linux, it’s a security assessment and penetration testing Linux distribution. Although BackBox has a lot less tools compared with Kali Linux it’s still powerful.
BackBox Desktop Environment
Backbox comes with one of the most lightweight, fast, simple and so favorite desktop environments, Xfce. Xfce is low on consuming system resources, simple to use.
BackBox Tools List
BackBox has a massive list of tools that come installed with the OS. There are more than 70 tools in the Backbox and some of the most popular tools are below –
The Metasploit Project is a computer security project that provides information about security vulnerabilities and aids in penetration testing and IDS signature development.
Nmap (Network Mapper) is a security scanner originally written by Gordon Lyon (also known by his pseudonym Fyodor Vaskovich) used to discover hosts and services on a computer network, thus creating a “map” of the network. To accomplish its goal, Nmap sends specially crafted packets to the target host and then analyzes the responses.
The Browser Exploitation Framework (BeEF) is an open-source penetration testing tool used to test and exploit web application and browser-based vulnerabilities. BeEF provides the penetration tester with practical client-side attack vectors. It leverages web application and browser vulnerabilities to assess the security of a target and carry out further intrusions.
OpenVAS (Open Vulnerability Assessment System, the name of the fork originally known as GNessUs) is a framework of several services and tools offering a vulnerability scanning and vulnerability management solution.
w3af (web application attack and audit framework) is an open-source web application security scanner. The project provides a vulnerability scanner and exploitation tool for Web applications
- The Social Engineering Toolkit
Social engineering, in the context of information security, refers to psychological manipulation of people into performing actions or divulging confidential information. A type of confidence trick for the purpose of information gathering, fraud, or system access, it differs from a traditional “con” in that it is often one of many steps in a more complex fraud scheme.
What’s New In BackBox 4.4?
The team recently announced the new BackBox version 4.4 with all the packages updated to their latest versions & some new packages have also been added.
- BackBox 4.4 is based on Ubuntu 14.04.3
- Preinstalled Linux Kernel 3.19
- Ruby 2.1
- Installer with LVM and Full Disk Encryption options
- Handy Thunar custom actions
- RAM wipe at shutdown/reboot
- System improvements
- Upstream components
- Bug corrections
- Performance boost
- Improved Anonymous mode
- Automotive Analysis category
- Predisposition to ARM architecture (armhf Debian packages)
- Predisposition to BackBox Cloud platform
- New and updated hacking tools: apktool, armitage, beef-project, can-utils, dex2jar, fimap, jd-gui, metasploit-framework, openvas, setoolkit, sqlmap, tor, weevely, wpscan, zaproxy, etc.
Download BackBox 4.4
BackBox 4.4 is available to download at the official BackBox website.
How To Upgrade To BackBox 4.4 From 4.3 Or Any Previous Version?
BackBox also provides instructions to upgrade to the latest version using the terminal. Just use the following commands in the terminal to upgrade to BackBox 4.4.
$ sudo apt-get update$ sudo apt-get dist-upgrade $ sudo apt-get install -f $ sudo apt-get install linux-image-generic-lts-vivid linux-headers-generic-lts-vivid linux-signed-image-generic-lts-vivid $ sudo apt-get purge ri1.9.1 ruby1.9.1 ruby1.9.3 bundler $ sudo gem cleanup $ sudo rm -rf /var/lib/gems/1.* $ sudo apt-get install backbox-default-settings backbox-desktop backbox-menu backbox-tools --reinstall $ sudo apt-get install beef-project metasploit-framework whatweb wpscan setoolkit --reinstall $ sudo apt-get autoremove --purge $ sudo apt-get install openvas sqlite3 $ sudo openvas-launch sync $ sudo openvas-launch start
How Did You Like BackBox 4.4?
The version comes with some new features and the fully updated packages. How do you like this new release please let me know in the comments below. Also, mention what else Linux you use instead of BackBox. Kali? or something else?