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Ubuntu derivative BackBox Linux for security analysis

© Lead Image © Andrea De Martin, 123RF.com

© Lead Image © Andrea De Martin, 123RF.com

Article from Issue 208/2018
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Specializing in security and forensics, BackBox Linux is not only good for a vulnerability assessment, but thanks to its lean substructure, it is also suitable as a desktop distribution.

Many security-related Linux derivatives focus on a specific area of IT security and only take other problems into account marginally, or not at all. In contrast, the Italian Ubuntu derivative BackBox Linux, which has been in continuously development for several years, addresses most of the security-relevant issues faced by administrators of small and medium-sized networks.

You can pick up the approximately 2.5GB ISO image from the BackBox project page [1] for both 32- and 64-bit architectures. Here, you can choose whether you want to download the image directly or via BitTorrent. You can either specify a donation amount or enter 0 in the corresponding field.

As the minimum system requirements, the developers specify a computer with 1GB of RAM and 10GB of free space on mass storage. The screen resolution should be at least 800x600 pixels; both a USB memory stick and a DVD can be used as boot drives.

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