Backtrack = Kali

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  1. DevynCJohnson

    DevynCJohnson Super Moderator Staff Member Staff Writer

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    Not very many people are aware of this, but Backtrack is Kali and Kali is Backtrack. Backtrack was renamed Kali. For the newest version of "Backtrack", get Kali.

    Evolution in action:

    Backtrack -> Kali


    http://www.kali.org/


    By the way, I strongly encourage readers to read the post by @lobo below.
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  2. lobo

    lobo Active Member

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    Also: http://docs.kali.org/introduction/should-i-use-kali-linux
    http://docs.kali.org/kali-policy/kali-linux-root-user-policy
    (emphasis mine)

    For years I've seen new users who have next to no experience with GNU/Linux trying to install backtrack/kali.

    If you are a new user who has never installed a GNU/Linux distro before or who has only limited experience and have to resort to asking how to install backtrack/kali on a public message board, then as a general rule you shouldn't even be considering running it.
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    Even if someone has used Linux Mint, it is still challenging to try and understand Metasploit.

    Anyway, I think a beginner can play with Kali Linux, though I'd recommend practicing in a Virtual Machine. I only say that because I had an intense lab learning experience in college involving security and some Pentesting. Fortunately, I had been using Linux on my Netbook.

    Another thought, I think many Hacking tools can be installed on other distros. That might be a safer way to explore them.

    I also think BackBox might be more user friendly.
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    DevynCJohnson Super Moderator Staff Member Staff Writer

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    Thanks! Your post really enhances this thread.
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    I agree. Newbies (hacker wannabes) think they got some swag and install BackTrack or Kali right away even if they don't have solid knowledge about these stuff. They're going to get themselves in trouble for doing what they're not familiar with.

    I'd rather suggest them to learn more about Linux and networking stuff and at least some programming skills. Then to get some simple tools to start with on their normal system such as Ubuntu or Linux Mint, and carefully play around with them, since 90% of all tools integrated into BT/Kali are available for other Linux distros as well.
  6. Cristal Skull

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    Kali is the successor of Backtrack, Backtrack was based on Ubuntu , Kali is based on Debian...
    use them in parallel
    Of course , Backtrack and Kali is projects ,,made by Offensive Security"
    http://www.offensive-security.com/
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    How many "attacks" on systems could be attributed to "probing" by users who don't even realize they are connected to i-net?
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    DevynCJohnson Super Moderator Staff Member Staff Writer

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    Good question. Unfortunately, I do not know. :)
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    Food for thought, very difficult to know who's probing you and who's just experimenting.

    Love your articles ! :)
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  10. Videodrome

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    Yeah maybe they could be playing with Nmap.
  11. DevynCJohnson

    DevynCJohnson Super Moderator Staff Member Staff Writer

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    Thanks!
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