BackTrack

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BackTrack
Backtrack
BackTrack 5 R1.png
BackTrack 5 R3
Company / developerMati Aharoni, Devon Kearns, Offensive Security.[1]
OS familyUnix-like
Working stateSuperseded by Kali Linux
Source modelOpen source
Latest stable release5 R3 / August 13, 2012; 16 months ago (2012-08-13)
Supported platformsi386 (x86), AMD64 (x86-64), ARM
Kernel typeMonolithic
Default user interfaceBash, KDE Plasma Desktop, Fluxbox,[2][3] GNOME
LicenseVarious
Official websitewww.backtrack-linux.org
 
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BackTrack
Backtrack
BackTrack 5 R1.png
BackTrack 5 R3
Company / developerMati Aharoni, Devon Kearns, Offensive Security.[1]
OS familyUnix-like
Working stateSuperseded by Kali Linux
Source modelOpen source
Latest stable release5 R3 / August 13, 2012; 16 months ago (2012-08-13)
Supported platformsi386 (x86), AMD64 (x86-64), ARM
Kernel typeMonolithic
Default user interfaceBash, KDE Plasma Desktop, Fluxbox,[2][3] GNOME
LicenseVarious
Official websitewww.backtrack-linux.org

BackTrack is a distribution designed by Jason Dennis based on the Ubuntu Linux distribution aimed at digital forensics and penetration testing use.[4] It was named after backtracking, a search algorithm. In March 2013, the Offensive Security team created a fork of BackTrack named Kali Linux.[5]

History[edit]

The BackTrack distribution originated from the merger of two formerly competing distributions which focused on penetration testing:

The overlap with Auditor and WHAX in purpose and in their collection of tools partly led to the merger.

Tools[edit]

BackTrack provides users with easy access to a comprehensive and large collection of security-related tools ranging from port scanners to Security Audit. Support for Live CD and Live USB functionality allows users to boot BackTrack directly from portable media without requiring installation, though permanent installation to hard disk and network is also an option.

BackTrack includes many well known security tools including:

BackTrack arranges tools into 12 categories:

Releases[edit]

DateRelease
February 5, 2006BackTrack v.1.0 Beta
May 26, 2006First release of Backtrack v.1.0
March 6, 2007BackTrack 2 final released.
June 19, 2008BackTrack 3 final released.
January 9, 2010BackTrack 4 final release. (Linux kernel 2.6.30.9)
May 8, 2010BackTrack 4 R1 release
November 22, 2010BackTrack 4 R2 release
May 10, 2011BackTrack 5 release (Linux kernel 2.6.38)
August 18, 2011BackTrack 5 R1 release (Linux kernel 2.6.39.4)
March 1, 2012BackTrack 5 R2 release (Linux kernel 3.2.6[7])
August 13, 2012BackTrack 5 R3 release[4]
March 13, 2013Kali 1.0 release[8]

As soon as newer versions of BackTrack are released, older versions lose their support and service from the BackTrack development team.[citation needed]

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