BackTrack Changelog

New in version 5 R2

March 2nd, 2012
  • After months of development, bug fixes, upgrades, and the addition of 42 new tools, we are happy to announce the full release of BackTrack 5 R2 available for download now. Running our custom-built 3.2.6 kernel with the best wireless support available, this is our fastest and best release of BackTrack yet. In the past few weeks, we have had a flood of submissions to our BackTrack Redmine Tracker with submissions for many new tools and dozens of packages that needed to be updated and this has helped to make this one of the strongest releases we’ve ever had.
  • Once again, our good friends over at Paterva have created a special BackTrack edition of Maltego 3.1.0 for your data mining pleasure and we have also included their recently-released CaseFile tool to help you organize and collate data from numerous sources. If you have never used these tools before, you really need to…they will change the way your interact with data and conduct reconnaissance.
  • You will also find we have included Metasploit 4.2.0 Community Edition, version 3.0 of the Social Engineer Toolkit, BeEF 0.4.3.2, and many other tool upgrades too numerous to mention.

New in version 4 R2 (November 23rd, 2010)

  • Kernel 2.6.35.8 – *Much* improved mac80211 stack.
  • USB 3.0 support.
  • New wireless cards supported.
  • All wireless Injection patches applied, maximum support for wireless attacks.
  • Even *faster* desktop environment.
  • Revamped Fluxbox environment for the KDE challenged.
  • Metasploit rebuilt from scratch, MySQL db_drivers working out of the box.
  • Updated old packages, added new ones, and removed obsolete ones.
  • New BackTrack Wiki with better documentation and support.

New in version 4 R1 (August 11th, 2010)

  • At the risk of sounding like a broken record, we believe this version is by far the best version released to date. With a shiny new 2.6.34 kernel, there are many significant improvements, such as expanded hardware support, and improved desktop responsiveness.

New in version 4.0 (January 12th, 2010)

  • BackTrack 4 Final is out and along with this release come some exciting news, updates, and developments. BackTrack 4 has been a long and steady road, with the release of abeta last year, we decided to hold off on releasing BackTrack 4 Final until it was perfected in every way shape and form.
  • With this release includes a new kernel, a larger and expanded toolset repository, custom tools that you can only find on BackTrack, and more importantly, fixes to all (well, most..) major bugs that we knew of. This release we received an overwhelming support from the community and we are grateful to everyone that has contributed to the success of this release.
  • We’ve moved BackTrack to a dedicated home, where you will be able to keep updated with the development status and latest news. Our goal was to finally produce a focused and dedicated security Linux distribution that has its own resources, personnel, and drive that have dedication in making BackTrack better than it has ever been.

New in version 4.0 Beta (February 11th, 2009)

  • We have taken huge conceptual leaps with BackTrack 4, and have some new and exciting features. The most significant of these changes is our expansion from the realm of a penetration testing live CD towards a full blown distribution. Now based on Debian core packages and using the Ubuntu software repositories, BackTrack 4 can be upgraded in case of update. When syncing with our BackTrack repositories, you will regularly get security tool updates soon after they are released. Some of the new features include: kernel 2.6.28.1 with better hardware support; native support for Pico e12 and e16 cards is now fully functional; support for PXE boot....