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Network Security Toolkit Distribution Aids Network Security Administrators

Jul 24, 2008, 20:05 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Cory Buford)

"Don't let the simple look of NST's FluxBox desktop fool you. Although the interface is plain and simple, a lot of powerful network tools are at your disposal. Among the network penetration testing and analysis tools included here are Kismet, Snort, AirSnort, NMAP, and Wireshark. Nessus, a popular vulnerability scanner, which is not included on the latest BackTrack release (BT3) is included in this distribution. Network monitoring tools like Nagios, Argus, and Zabbix are also included to help you keep an eye on your network's health. In addition to its network administration tools, the distribution hosts applications for email (Pooka), chat (Pidgin), Web browsing (Firefox), text and graphics editing and processing (ImageMagick, XPDF, Nedit, and others), antivirus (ClamAV), terminal communications (GTKterm, Minicom), remote desktop (VNC, TSClient), and data recovery (cfdisk, Partition Image). I was surprised to find that this distribution includes the free GPS navigation program GPSDrive. Both MySQL and PostgreSQL databases are both included, and, if you need an email server, so is Sendmail."

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