Pentoo LiveCD 2014.0 RC2.1

A free Gentoo-based Linux distribution specifically designed for penetration testing
Pentoo LiveCD
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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.

Available only for 64-bit computers

The 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 options

It 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 Xfce

When 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 tools

As 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 line

Summing 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.

Reviewed by , last updated on June 28th, 2014

license type:
GPL (GNU General Public License) 
developed by:
NETwork Security Consortium
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What's New in version 2013.0 RC1.1
  • Jam packed with 3.7.5 kernel (pax hardened for 64 bit users) and built with a fully hardened toolchain (did someone say wireshark exploit?). Time may have been passing, but we here at Pentoo have been anything but idle (you can check the svn history). As usual, we have the latest tools and toys for all the good little pen-testers. I simply couldn't list them all if I tried, so I'm not going to try. Everything has its usual amount of spit and polish on it, except the layers seem to be building up. This release comes with a shiny new installer with 200% more works! Automatic and manual modes for normal partitioning and booting now work properly, and the installer is very fast (you know, as fast as we can copy all that data to your hard drive).
  • I could probably keep running my mouth but I know what you all want, the download link. This time we are going to use the official download site at . You may notice a few exciting things related to this. First and foremost, torrents are back. I am now auto-generating a torrent file for every release and registering it with a tracker (kindly provided by Bitweasil of Cryptohaze fame) so you can all stop crying about downloading from the webserver I host on my 3g cell phone. For those of you who cannot use a torrent, the normal download is still available, plus some brand new (and old) mirrors are being activated for use. Syncing is going on as we speak (and our mirror over at Inerail is already seeding the torrent) and once mirrors are ready to go I'll add them to the download page and they will be available for future releases as well.
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