BackTrack Goes Pro with Kali Linux

Dubbed by Offensive Security as an enterprise ready professional version of BackTrack, the distribution has been developed in collaboration with Metasploit makers Rapid7. The collaboration has ensured that Rapid7 will be extending official Metasploit support to Kali.

Kali Linux is based on Debian Linux and to ensure that Metasploit framework is compatible with it, Rapid7 has reengineered its tool. Because of this the framework is now deeply integrated with the security distribution thereby ensuring that Metasploit is more robust and stable. Users who already have Metasploit Pro will be provided with support from Rapid7.

According to both the companies, Kali Linux is made for IT professionals who do not have a strong security background nor do their job roles demand a concentrated security work. The new distribution can be customized according to the requirements of different companies.

Tools such as the Aircrack-ng, John the Ripper, Metasploit framework, Nmap and Wireshark have been included in the distro. Offensive Security has ensured that only those tools are incorporated in the distribution that are suitable and useful for carrying out pen-testing and security auditing. A total of 300 tools have been included in Kali.

Up until now security distributions from Offensive security were available for traditional 32-bit and 64-bit hardware. But with Kali, the company is expanding the hardware it supports and ARM-based versions have also been made available. This would allow users / professionals to carry out pen-testing through mini-computers or ARM based systems like the Chromebook.

The company is also looking to extend support for as many wireless adapters as possible for which it is using a 3.7 based Linux kernel that comes with packet injection patches needed for many wireless interfaces.

In case you want to get your hands on the security distribution download it from Kali’s new website.