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BackBox 4.5 Released — Ubuntu-based PenTest Linux Distribution

Ubuntu-based PenTest Linux Distribution

BackBox is an Ubuntu-based Linux distribution penetration test and security assessment oriented providing a network and informatics systems analysis tool-kit. BackBox desktop environment includes a complete set of tools required for ethical hacking and security testing.

The main aim of BackBox is providing an alternative, highly customizable and well performing system. BackBox uses the light window manager Xfce.

It includes some of the most used security and analysis Linux tools, aiming for a wide spread of goals, ranging from web application analysis to network analysis, from stress tests to sniffing, also including vulnerability assessment, computer forensic analysis and exploitation.


Part of the power of this distribution comes from its Launchpad repository core, constantly updated to the latest stable version of the most known and used ethical hacking tools. The integration and development of new tools in the distribution follows the open source community, particularly the Debian Free Software Guidelines criteria.

BackBox Linux 4.5 released!



What’s new
Ubuntu-based PenTest Linux Distribution: BackBox

  • Preinstalled Linux Kernel 4.2
  • System improvements
  • Upstream components
  • Bug corrections
  • Performance boost
  • Improved Anonymous mode
  • Predisposition to BackBox Cloud platform
  • New and updated hacking tools: wpscan, knockpy, nmap, zaproxy, set, guymanager, sqlmap, apktool, hashcat, can-utils, binwalk, openvas, phishing-frenzy, etc.


Ubuntu-based PenTest Linux Distribution: BackBox

Being based on Ubuntu, BackBox’s Live DVDs come with a standard, Ubuntu-style boot menu that allows the user to try the operating system without installing anything in forensics mode, persistent mode, text mode or compatibility mode, as well as to boot an existing OS from the first disk. It supports five languages, English, German, Spanish, French and Italian.

The default and only desktop environment of this Ubuntu flavor is Xfce, which uses its modern layout comprised of a top panel for quick interaction with running programs and a bottom dock for fast launching of your favorite applications.


Distro includes a wide range of penetration testing and security assessments tools, organized in three main categories: auditing, services and anonymous. Each category includes many subcategories, and each subcategory includes several applications.Ubuntu-based PenTest Linux Distribution: BackBox

Default apps include the Geany IDE, GIMP image editor, Mozilla Firefox web browser, Mozilla Thunderbird email and news client, FileZilla file transfer client, Pidgin multi-protocol instant messenger, TorChat anonymous chat client, XChat IRC client, Transmission torrent downloader, Brasero CD/DVD burning software, VLC Media Player, BleachBit system cleaner, Synaptic Package Manager, and LibreOffice office suite.


System Requirements

  • 32-bit or 64-bit processor
  • 512 MB of system memory (RAM)
  • 6 GB of disk space for installation
  • Graphics card capable of 800×600 resolution
  • DVD-ROM drive or USB port (2.0 GB)


Ubuntu-based PenTest Linux Distribution: BackBox



Distro has now a fully customizable tools arsenal!

New packages have been created, one for each of the Auditing categories, which bring with them all the package of that specific pentesting field. So you can customize your box and install just what you really need, conforming to the philosophy of lightness, simplicity and completeness.

The packages we introduced to implement this new concept are:

  • backbox-documentation-reporting
  • backbox-exploitation
  • backbox-forensics-analysis
  • backbox-information-gathering
  • backbox-maintaining-access
  • backbox-miscellaneous
  • backbox-mobile-analysis
  • backbox-privilege-escalation
  • backbox-reverse-engineering
  • backbox-social-engineering
  • backbox-stress-testing
  • backbox-voip-analysis
  • backbox-vulnerability-assessment
  • backbox-wireless-analysis


Every user is strongly advised to install this package in order to get all the categories and the tools as before, and conform to the new packaging structure. It’s as simple as:


sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get dist-upgrade
sudo apt-get install backbox-tools


Upgrade instructions

To upgrade from a previous version (BackBox 4.1) follow these instructions:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get dist-upgrade
sudo apt-get install -f
sudo apt-get install linux-image-generic-lts-vivid linux-headers-generic-lts-vivid linux-signed-image-generic-lts-vivid
sudo apt-get purge ri1.9.1 ruby1.9.1 ruby1.9.3 bundler
sudo gem cleanup
sudo rm -rf /var/lib/gems/1.*
sudo apt-get install backbox-default-settings backbox-desktop backbox-menu backbox-tools --reinstall
sudo apt-get install beef-project metasploit-framework whatweb wpscan setoolkit --reinstall
sudo apt-get autoremove --purge
sudo apt-get install openvas sqlite3
sudo openvas-launch sync
sudo openvas-launch start


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