BackTrack Hackers OS Explained

Hacking Exploits, Operating Systems

backtrack the hackers os

Hello folks, today we are giving you the hackers OS, called BackTrack.

This OS is intended to provide a huge range of security apps and penetration testing, that goes from Port Scanning to Security Audit tasks. As the logic it would be intended for security tasks but for a real and skilled hacker this is a must have.


BackTrack has been updated to version 5 R3 for the 64BIT. This update fixed various aspects and also adds 60 more tools to the original arsenal. The most interesting addition is the Physical Exploitation that includes stuff such as the Arduino IDE libraries and Kautilya Teensy payload collection.

Here is a list of the tools for BackTrack:

  • Metasploit for integration
  • Wi-Fi drivers supporting monitor mode (rfmon mode) and packet injection
  • Aircrack-ng
  • Gerix Wifi Cracker
  • Kismet
  • Nmap
  • Ophcrack
  • Ettercap
  • Wireshark (formerly known as Ethereal)
  • BeEF (Browser Exploitation Framework)
  • Hydra
  • OWASP Mantra Security Framework, a collection of hacking tools, add-ons and scripts based on Firefox
  • Cisco OCS Mass Scanner, a very reliable and fast scanner for Cisco routers with telnet and enabling of a default password.
  • A large collection of exploits as well as more commonplace software such as browsers.
  • Armitage – java frontend to Metasploit.

BackTrack the hackers OS arranged tools into 12 categories:

  • Information gathering
  • Vulnerability assessment
  • Exploitation tools
  • Privilege escalation
  • Maintaining access
  • Reverse engineering
  • RFID tools
  • Stress testing
  • Forensics
  • Reporting tools
  • Services
  • Miscellaneous

To avoid any hard work finding the right ISO, you can just download a single VMware Image ( works on Gnome 32bits ). If you require other VM BackTrack flavors, you can just build your own VMware image that is not a hard task, since you can find the instructions at the BackTrack Wiki.


Feel free to comment about your BackTrack experience.

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