Looking for security holes with BackTrack


Article from Issue 77/2007

The BackTrack live distribution lets you act like an intruder to test your network’s security.

Penetration testing is the art of breaking into your own network. Security consultants and system administrators use penetration testing todiscover holes before an intruder can find them. Unfortunately, intruders use a vast collection of powerful tools for sniffing, snooping, cracking, and hiding out on a target network. If you want to simulate an attack, you could always download this large collection of applications and temporarily install them on whatever system you plan to use for the attack. However, searching for the right tools and then installing them on your system can take up hours or even days of your time.

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