Best Pentesting Linux Distros Of 2021

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Top 5 Linux Distro for Ethical Hacking and Penetration Testing


What is Penetration testing?

Penetration Testing or Pen Testing is a type of Security Testing used to uncover vulnerabilities, threats and risks that an attacker could exploit in software applications, networks or web applications. The purpose of penetration testing is to identify and test all possible security vulnerabilities that are present in the software application.

Table of contents

  1. Kali Linux
  2. BlackArch
  3. BackBox
  4. Parrot Security
  5. Pentoo linux

1. Kali Linux

Perhaps the most well-known pentesting distro, Kali Linux is based on Debian and uses the Xfce desktop. It features a customized menu that is divided into numbered categories, which are further broken down into logical sub-categories. This arrangement not only simplifies navigation but also makes it easier to find the right tool for the task at hand.

Unlike distros like BlackArch, Kali Linux doesn’t include each and every pentesting tool out there.

https://www.kali.org

2. BlackArch

BlackArch Linux is an absolute Linux distribution for security researchers and ethical hackers. It is derived from Arch Linux, and one can also install the BlackArch Linux components on top of it. It provides more than 1400 tools that are thoroughly tested before adding to the codebase. Moreover, it is constantly growing reputation is making it popular among operating systems for hacking purposes.

https://blackarch.org

3. BackBox

BackBox Linux is an Ubuntu-based operating system that is used for security assessment and penetration testing. BackBox Linux has a wide range of security analysis tools that can be used for web application analysis, network analysis, etc. It is fast and easy to use Linux distro that is famous among hacker’s community which comes with a complete desktop environment.

As an added bonus, the distro also ships with Tor and a script that will route all Internet bound traffic from the distro via the Tor network.

www.backbox.org

4. Parrot Security

While Parrot Security is designed for penetration testing and vulnerability assessment, the distro has a bigger mandate than most of its peers, such as Kali Linux.

One of the first things you note about the distro is its extensive boot menu. For instance, when used from a USB disk, you can choose to boot into the Live environment along with a persistent partition to save your changes. There’s also a very useful option to encrypt this persistent partition.

Its large selection of tools are filed inside a neat menu structure that categorizes the tools as per their use.

https://parrotlinux.org

5. Pentoo linux

Pentoo is a pen testing focused operating system based on Gentoo Linux. It can be used on top of an existing Gentoo Linux installation. Pentoo is an XFCE-based distro which comes with persistence support that enables you to save all the changes you make before running off a USB stick. It comes with a wide variety of tools that fall under categories like Exploit, Cracker, Database, and Scanner, etc.

https://www.pentoo.ch


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