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BackTrack 4: Assuring Security by Penetration Testing by Shakeel Ali, Tedi Heriyanto

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Chapter 1. Beginning with BackTrack

This chapter will introduce you to BackTrack, a Linux Live DVD for penetration testing. The chapter will describe the following:

  • A brief background of BackTrack
  • Several common usages of BackTrack
  • Getting and installing BackTrack
  • Configuring and updating BackTrack

At the end of this chapter, we will describe how to install additional weapons and customize BackTrack.

History

BackTrack is a Live DVD Linux distribution developed specifically for penetration testing. In the Live DVD format, you can use BackTrack directly from the DVD without installing it to your machine. BackTrack can also be installed to the hard disk and used as a regular operating system.

BackTrack is a merger between three different live Linux penetration ...

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