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How to Use Backtrack


Backtrack is basically a live bootable CD with myriads of TCP/IP and wireless networking tools. It is a distribution of Linux after the Collection of Auditor Security and Whax merged and is used for the purposes of Penetration testing. It permits the inclusion of additional tools, configurable kernels and customizable scripts in modified distributions by the users.

Writing Files and Storage

Due to its nature as a live CD that runs from the CDROM, files have nowhere to be written to unless a Linux partition exists on a storage device such as a USB or hard drive. Since Backtrack comprises of NTFS support, this enhances the ability to browse to a hard drive that is Windows based if it is available, although the partition is mounted as “read-only”.

Hard Disk and Partitions

By dual booting Ubuntu and Windows on the system, this ensures that Linux swap and reiserfs partitions are available and Backtrack easily detects and mounts them. To find the USB or hard drive storage device, the user is required to browse to the File Manager’s /mnt folder. If the hard drive has an excess of one partition it will typically appear with a name such as hd2 or hd1. Hdb1 could alternatively be used to indicate the presence of more than a single hard disk.

Security Penetration Testers

Every package, script and kernel configuration is optimized for use by testers of security penetration. Automation and patches have been developed, applied and added to offer a ready-to-go and neat environment.

Merging Metasploit and Backtrack

Metasploit is among the major key tools that most analysts use and is tightly incorporated into Backtrack. These two projects work together to ensure a constant provision Metasploit implementation within the CD-ROM images of Backtrack or the maintained and distributed virtualization images such as the VMW images appliances.

Update Tools

Backtrack currently comprises an excess of 300 varieties of logically structured up-to-date tools, which are in accordance to the security professionals’ work flow. This structure permits even beginners to locate the related tools to certain tasks to ensure they are accomplished. New testing techniques and technologies are amalgamated into Backtrack to update it.

After entering a procedure of stable development when consolidating additions and feedbacks, there is better focus on supporting newer and more hardware while providing more modularity and flexibility through a restructure of the maintenance and building processes. When using the latest version, a majority of the applications are designed as personal modules to aid in speeding up of the maintenance fixes and releases.


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