Katana: Multi-Boot Security Suite
Katana: Multi-Boot Security Suite is an open source and special software project aimed at security professionals and ethical hackers. It is designed from the ground up as a collection of well-known operating systems oriented towards penetration testing operations, including BackTrack, Ophcrack or Ultimate Boot CD.
It’s distributed as a USB filesystem
Unfortunately for some of you who expected to download a standard ISO image, the Katana: Multi-Boot Security Suite project is distributed as a USB file system that has been archived with the RAR compression method. The archive has approximately 4GB in size.
How to create a bootable USB drive with Katana
Katana was created with portability in mind, which means that the user must extract the RAR archive on a directory of his or her choice and deploy all the files on a USB thumb drive of 4GB or higher capacity in order to use the distribution and boot it from the BIOS of a PC.
You can boot from multiple Live distributions
As mentioned, Katana: Multi-Boot Security Suite is a collection of penetration testing distributions and rescue CDs, including BackTrack, Ultimate Boot CD, Ultimate Boot CD for Windows, Ophcrack Live, Trinity Rescue Kit, Derik's Boot and Nuke, Clonezilla, Kaspersky Live and Puppy Linux.
Includes hundreds of security tools, as well as portable Windows apps
Being designed from the ground up for penetration testing operations, the Katana distribution is comprised of hundreds of security and ethical hacking tools. In addition, a bunch of portable Windows security apps are also included, such as Metasploit, Cain & Able, Wireshark and Nmap.
Among other tools worth mentioning are HiJackThis, PuTTY, Clam Anti-Virus, SniffPass, ProcessActivityView, The Sleuth Kit, Unstoppable Copier, OllyDBG, FreeOTFE, FindSSN, Undelete Plus, The PC Decrapifier, IECookiesView, MozillaCacheView, as well as the Mozilla Firefox web browser and OpenOffice.org office suite.