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Yet another free Linux kernel-based operating system designed for penetration testing

editor's review





HackShark is a free, open-source and well-built computer operating system based off of Fedora Linux and designed to be used by security professionals and enthusiasts from all over the world as a quick penetration testing tool.

It only supports 32-bit applications

Unfortunately for some of you, the OS is distributed as a single Live DVD ISO image that supports only 32-bit applications, despite the fact that it runs on either of the 32-bit (i686) or 64-bit (x86_64) hardware platforms. You must write the ISO image to a blank DVD disc or a USB thumb drive of 2GB or higher capacity in order to boot it from the BIOS of a computer.

Boot prompt à la Fedora Linux

The boot prompt of the Live DVD is very familiar for users of the Fedora Linux operating system. It allows you to start the live system without too much fuss. As always, advanced boot options can be found under the Troubleshooting section, such as the ability to boot an existing OS from the local drive, run a memory test or start the live system in safe graphics mode and verify the integrity of the bootable medium (only if using a DVD media).

The graphical desktop environment is traditional, based on MATE

Trying to keep things light, the HackShark developers built the distribution around the MATE desktop environment, a fork of GNOME 2 (also known as GNOME Classic). It uses an old-school two-panel layout and MATE-specific applications.

The distro includes a plethora of penetration testing tools

Among the included penetration testing tools, we can mention the Wireshark network scanner, Ettercap network security tool, Nmap network scanner,, SteGUI, Netdisco web-based network reporting tool, OpenStego steganography solution,, Chkrootkit rootkit disovery tool, Sectool network security utility, John the Ripper password cracker, Honeyd virtual honeypot, Medussa password auditing tool and Yersinia network vulnerability tool.

Bottom line

Overall, HackShark is a shark among hacking  distributions of Linux, providing users with a fast, straightforward and low on resources computer operating system for general penetration testing tasks.

HackShark was reviewed by Marius Nestor
Last updated on July 9th, 2014
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