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7 Best Network Security Linux Distributions

Jan 19, 2011, 10:34 (0 Talkback[s])

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"On our previous posts, we have featured several Linux distributions specifically made for hard drive data recovery and for web servers. Today, we would like to share with you another list of special purpose distros. These distributions are mainly designed to perform network security tasks such as vulnerability assessment and penetration testing in order to prevent and monitor unauthorized entry, abuse, alteration, or denial of computer network resources. Since most of these distros are available as Live CDs, you could instantly try or use them without hard disk installation.

"Here are some of the best Linux distributions (in no particular order) specially made for securing computer networks:


"Based on Ubuntu, BackTrack is considered as one of the most popular Linux distributions among hackers and network security enthusiasts. It was created by combining two formerly competing distros: Auditor Security Linux (based on Knoppix) and WHAX (formerly Whoppix; based on Slax). BackTrack is preloaded with a wide array of security and hacking tools that ranges from password crackers to port scanners. It also includes a sizable collection of exploits as well as familiar software like Firefox web browser."

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