Chapter 8. Linux Security Distros

In this chapter, we will discuss the following topics:

  • Kali Linux
  • pfSense
  • DEFT – Digital Evidence and Forensic Toolkit
  • NST – Network Security Toolkit
  • Helix

Kali Linux

Kali is a Debian-based Linux distribution developed for the purpose of security testing. With hundreds of penetration testing tools preinstalled, Kali is a ready to use OS. We can run it off a live CD, USB media, or in a virtual machine.

With its latest version of Kali 2.0, major changes have been made in the OS, shifting it to a rolling release model. Now we can simply install Kali 2.0 on our system and get the latest versions of the tools in it through normal updates. This means we don't have to wait for Kali 2.1 to get the latest stuff.

Getting ready

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