Linux penetration testing distributions list for Ethical Hacking

For those who don’t know, Linux Penetration testing distributions is a operating system specially designed for Information security professional and Penetration training purposes. These distributions are mostly used by security professional, Ethical hacking training certification, and of course Hackers. So, following is the list of best and most popular Penetration testing distribution.

Linux Penetration testing distributions list


Backtrack is the most popular and highest rated Linux Penetration testing distributions to date. Backtrack is purely made for penetration testing and provides you the largest database of security tools collection to-date. No matter if you are savvy security professionals or a newcomer to the information security field you will fall in love with Backtrack. Honestly, if right now I found another list of penetration testing distribution not mentoning Bactrack then I might say it’s not worth reading. Yup, that’s how good backtrack is.

Linux penetration testing distributions

Note – Backtrack is based off Ubuntu So, most likely any system that can run Ubuntu should be able to run Backtrack. However make sure that you have enough disk space if you are going to install it and also don’t forget to check if your system drivers are supported by Backtrack.


Backbox is another Linux Penetration testing distributions based on Ubuntu. Backbox is fairly easy to use and you will find a bit of dekstop environment if you are loyal window user, as i hope you are. Backbox offer various Penetration Testing tools and services and also considered as one of the fastest Linux distribution available on internet. Backbox have a versatile and hacker friendly interface So, all Security practitioners , Ethical Hackers and wanna be hackers should give a try.

Linux penetration testing distributions


A linux distribution intended to be made for both training security students and Information security experts. Like both Backtrack and BackBox Blackbuntu is also Fully loadedd with Penetration Testing tools. Blackbuntu is currently built on Ubuntu 10.10 with the Gnome desktop environment.

Linux penetration testing distributions

Note:  Blackbuntu have some specific minium requirements to run. The Requirements are

  • 1GHz x86 processor
  • 768 MB of system memory (RAM)
  • 10 GB of disk space for installation

Graphics card capable of 800×600 resolution


Nodezero is a Ubuntu based linux distribution which will provide you around 300 tools of penetration Testing. Nodezero uses Ubuntu repositories for it’s stability so can easily remain up to date.

Linux penetration testing distributions


Wait, what? That was my reaction when i found out that the author of GnackTrack have decided not to further develop this distribution because of Backtrack. The reason GnackTrack was started is to have a Gnome platform but since backtrack 5 is out there with Gnome the author of GnackTrack have decided to stop developing it further more. GnackTrack is based on ubuntu 10.10 and if you still wish to check it out then


As the name implies this Live DVD runs directly runs from Dvd and require no Installation. You can use this CD to hack your own system to find any possible loop holes.

Also Read: Anonymous browsing: How to surf web anonymously

Other Distribution you might like to check

Arudius –

Weaknet –

Matriux –

Security Tool Distribution –

Vast –

Network security Toolkit –

Samurai WTF –

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