BackBox Linux is fairly young project designed for penetration testing, vulnerability assessment and management. One of the key focuses in using BackBox is that it provides an independent security assessment platform. The system can be easily customized and high performance, stability and security (onits own) are among the key areas.
BackBox uses a lightweight desktop manager which is XFCE. It includes the top and most popular security auditing tools that are essential for penetration testers and security experts.
The suite of tools includes web application analysis, network analysis, stress tests, computer sniffing forensic analysis, exploitation, automotive, documentation and reporting.
Its repository is hosted on Launchpad and is constantly updated to the latest stable version of its tools. BackBox Team have a standardized the way of including new tools as their selection goes through an accurate process and approval. In particular avoiding to include tools that have duplicate functions, i.e. an information gathering tools for example are mostly doing the same exact thing but under different aspect. We can say the same for other tools and this is how mainly BackBox distinguished itself from any of other security distro.
BackBox is one of the new players in this field and even though it is only a few years old, it has acquired an enormous user base and now holds the second place in worldwide rankings. It is a lightweight, community-built penetration testing distribution capable of running live in USB mode or as a permanent installation.
It has been built on Ubuntu core system yet fully customized, designed to be one of the best Penetration testing and security distribution.
We can describe better the advantages of BackBox in a few paragraphs below along with some screenshots:
Performance and speed are key elements
Starting from an appropriately configured XFCE desktop manager it offers stability and the speed, that only a few other DMs can offer, reaching in extreme tweaking of services, configurations, boot parameters and the entire infrastructure. BackBox has been designed with the aim of achieving the maximum performance and minimum consumption of resources. This makes BackBox a very fast distro and suitable even for old hardware configurations.
Everything is in the right place
The main menu of BackBox has been well organized and designed to avoid any chaos/mess finding tools that we are looking for. The selection of every single tool has been done with accuracy in order to avoid any redundancies and the tools that have similar functionalities. With particular attention to the end user every needs, all menu and configuration files are have been organized and reduced to a minimum essential, necessary to provide an intuitive, friendly and easy usage of Linux distribution.
It's standard compliant
The software packaging process, the configuration and the tweaking of the system follows up the Ubuntu/Debian standard guide lines. Any of Debian and Ubuntu users will feel very familiar with, while newcomers will follow the official documentation and BackBox additions to customize their system without any tricky work around, because it is standard and straight forward!
As a live distribution, BackBox offer an experience that few other distro can offer and once installed naturally lends itself to fill the role of a desktop-oriented system. Thanks to the set of packages included in official repository it provides to the user an easy and versatile usage of system.
It's hacker friendly
If you'd like to make any change/modification, in order to suite to your purposes, or maybe add additional tools that is not present in the repositories, nothing could be easier in doing that with BackBox. Create your own Launchpad PPA, send your package to dev team and contribute actively to the evolution of BackBox Linux.
Find more information by visiting BackBox official website at www.backbox.org and even join the community.