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Gray Hat Hacking The Ethical Hacker’s Handbook by Jonathan Ness, Chris Eagle, Shon Harris, Gideon Lenkey, Allen Harper, Terron Williams

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CHAPTER 7Using the BackTrack Linux Distribution

This chapter shows you how to get and use BackTrack, a Ubuntu (Debian) Linux distribution for penetration testers that can run from DVD, USB thumb drive, or hard drive installation. In this chapter, we cover the following topics:

• BackTrack: the big picture

• Installing BackTrack to DVD or USB thumb drive

• Using the BackTrack ISO directly within a virtual machine

• Persisting changes to your BackTrack installation

• Exploring the BackTrack Boot Menu

• Updating BackTrack

BackTrack: The Big Picture

BackTrack is a free, well-designed penetration-testing Linux workstation built and refined by professional security engineers. It has all the tools necessary for penetration testing, and they are all ...

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