A free Gentoo-based Linux distribution specifically designed for penetration testing
Pentoo LiveCD is an open source and completely free distribution of Linux designed for security professionals who want a simple, reliable and modern computer operating system suitable for penetration testing operations. It is based on Gentoo and uses Xfce as its default desktop environment.read more
Available only for 64-bit computersThe OS can be downloaded via Softpedia or directly from its official home page as a Live DVD ISO image of approximately 2.5GB in size, suitable for 64-bit computers. The user must write the ISO image to either a DVD disc or a USB flash drive in order to boot it from the BIOS of a PC.
Boot optionsIt features a beautiful, Matrix-like boot screen that has been designed to allow you to start the live OS with default drivers and settings, without binary drivers or in safe graphics mode. Additionally, it comes with the usual Memtest86+ utility for testing the RAM for errors, the hardware detection toolkit, as well as the ability to reboot the machine.
Traditional and fast desktop environment powered by XfceWhen starting the Live CD, you will be dropped to a shell prompt where you must type the “startx” command in order to access the graphical session powered by Xfce, which provides users with a traditional and fast desktop environment that uses a top panel and a bottom dock.
Includes a wide range of penetration testing toolsAs mentioned, the main emphasis of this Linux distribution is on penetration testing tasks. Therefore it includes a wide range of penetration testing tools, among which we can mention Dsniff, Ethereal, Ettercap, Ntop, BlueSniff, Redfang, Hydra, Ldapenum, John the ripper, chntpw, Amap, xprobe, smtpmap, p0f2, Arpspoof, Hunt, Packit, Metasploit, Raccess, Cisco-Torch, WebMitm, HttPush, Paros Proxy, Nessus, Nmap, Nikto, Cheops, Kismet, Airsnort and Wellenreiter.
Bottom lineSumming up, Pentoo LiveCD is a great distribution of Linux dedicated to security professional who are looking for an easy-to-use, very fast and complex operating system suitable for penetration testing tasks on 64-bit computers.
Pentoo LiveCD was reviewed by Marius Nestor
Last updated on January 5th, 2015