Nov 7, 2011

[Article] About BackTrack Linux.

What is it?

BackTrack is intended for all audiences from the most savvy security professionals to early newcomers to the information security field. BackTrack promotes a quick and easy way to find and update the largest database of security tools collection to-date. Our community of users range from skilled penetration testers in the information security field, government entities, information technology, security enthusiasts, and individuals new to the security community.

What does it do?

Whether you’re hacking wireless, exploiting servers, performing a web application assessment, learning, or social-engineering a client, BackTrack is the one-stop-shop for all of your security needs.

You can download Backtrack 5 R1 release at

I have been running BackTrack as My main OS for past 6 months. Its just a normal distro with some extra applications installed.. So do not think that it cant be used by normal users. :)

Some of the Applications from BackTrack Linux.

It comes preinstalled with many applications that can be used in different ways. (except multimedia applications.)
You can perform lots of pentesting stuffs directly out of box from this distro. Really, no need to configure anything (even if needed, very little).
Some of the pentesting applications are:
1) Aircrack-ng: To crack secure wireless networks.
2) mdk3: To disrupt wireless networks.
3) SET ( Social Engineering Toolkit): To hack anything you want...(requires enough knowledge too)
4) Metasploit Framework: To exploit vulnerablities found in systems. 
5) Sqlmap: To perform a sql-injection in vulnerable sites.
6) Wireshark: To Monitor the network traffics.
And many more....

BackTrack can be a very useful tool if in good hands... and a very very dangerous tool if in wrong hands... 


  1. Thanx for the info.It was very helpful.

  2. Thank You Too!! Are you a computer engineering student of 2010 batch?? :)