Sunday, June 10, 2012

Checking out BackTrack Linux 5r2-PenTesting Edition Lab!

What's a BackTrack Linux 5r2-PenTesting Edition Lab? What's with the edition thingy? Isn't BackTrack 5 a pentesting distro already? Why make a pentesting edition?

Maybe these are some of the questions you have in your mind after reading the title and because of that, I would like to give some few points about this edition.

BackTrack Linux 5r2-PenTesting Edition Lab is still the same BackTrack 5 r2 with the same pentesting tools pre-installed in the distribution and has KDE as its Desktop Environment although in you can also choose if you want Gnome or KDE. The only difference is that it includes all of the hosts, network infrastructure, tools, and targets necessary to practice penetration testing for the CPLT or Certified PenTest Laboratory course which is brought to you by PenTest Laboratory and the guys behind PenTest Magazine. 

This edition is a modified version of NETinVM which has a predefined User-mode Linux (UML) based penetration testing targets. When started, this builds an entire network of machines within the VMware virtual machine. The BackTrack Linux distribution is used to provide the tools necessary for completing the lab scenarios. Thus, It is an an all-in-one penetration testing lab environment that pre-configured with:

- A master (base) host utilizing BackTrack Linux 5r2
- A DMZ network with two hosts (targets)
- An “internal” network with one host (target)
- A pre-configured firewall

This pentesting lab is available for free to non-CPLT course students which can be downloaded here

Here are some of targets you can attack or play with:


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