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BackTrack 5 R3
DeveloperKhaled Baoween (Kali), Mati Aharoni, Devon Kearns, Offensive Security
OS familyLinux (Unix-like)
Working stateSuperseded by Kali Linux
Source modelOpen source
Latest release5 R3 / August 13, 2012 (2012-08-13)
Platformsi386 (x86), AMD64 (x86-64), ARM
Kernel typeMonolithic
Default
user interface
Bash, KDE Plasma Desktop, Fluxbox, GNOME
LicenseVarious
Official websitewww.backtrack-linux.org

BackTrack was a Linux distribution that focused on security, based on the Knoppix Linux distribution aimed at digital forensics and penetration testing use. In March 2013, Khaled Baoween (Kali) & the Offensive Security team rebuilt BackTrack around the Debian distribution and released it under the name Kali Linux.

History

The BackTrack distribution originated from the merger of two formerly competing distributions which focused on penetration testing:

On January 9, 2010, BackTrack 4 improved hardware support, and added official FluxBox support. The overlap with Auditor and WHAX in purpose and in collection of tools partly led to the merger. The overlap was done based on Ubuntu Lucid LTS starting from BackTrack 5.

Tools

BackTrack provided users with easy access to a comprehensive and large collection of security-related tools ranging from port scanners to Security Audit. Support for Live CD and Live USB functionality allowed users to boot BackTrack directly from portable media without requiring installation, though permanent installation to hard disk and network was also an option.

BackTrack included many well known security tools including:

BackTrack arranged tools into 12 categories:

Releases

Date Release
May 26, 2006 First stable release of BackTrack
October 13, 2006 BackTrack 2 beta #1 released
November 19, 2006 BackTrack 2 beta #2 released
March 6, 2007 BackTrack 2 final released
December 14, 2008 BackTrack 3 beta released
June 19, 2008 BackTrack 3 final released (Linux kernel 2.6.21.5)
February 11, 2009 BackTrack 4 beta released
January 9, 2010 BackTrack 4 final release (Linux kernel 2.6.30.9)
May 8, 2010 BackTrack 4 R1 release
November 22, 2010 BackTrack 4 R2 release
May 10, 2011 BackTrack 5 release (Linux kernel 2.6.38)
August 18, 2011 BackTrack 5 R1 release (Linux kernel 2.6.39.5)
March 1, 2012 BackTrack 5 R2 release (Linux kernel 3.2.6)
August 13, 2012 BackTrack 5 R3 release

Whenever a new version of BackTrack was released, older versions would lose their support and service from the BackTrack development team. There are currently no supported versions of BackTrack.

References

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  2. ^ "HowTo:Install KDE 4.1". Offensive-security.com. Archived from the original on 2009-08-06. Retrieved 2009-12-12.
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  5. ^ "Kali Linux Has Been Released!". 2013-03-12. Retrieved 2013-03-18.
  6. ^ "BackTrack - remote-exploit.org".
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  14. ^ "BackTrack Developers Log". Archived from the original on 2009-05-29. Retrieved 2019-04-09.
  15. ^ "BackTrack 2.0 Final Due End of February". 13 February 2007. Retrieved 2019-04-09.
  16. ^ "Latest News". Archived from the original on 2008-05-01. Retrieved 2019-04-09.
  17. ^ "BackTrack 3 Beta out!". 13 December 2007. Retrieved 2019-04-09.
  18. ^ "BackTrack Developers Log". Archived from the original on 2009-05-29. Retrieved 2019-04-09.
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  21. ^ "BackTrack 4 Final Released". Archived from the original on 2010-01-14. Retrieved 2019-04-09.
  22. ^ "BackTrack 4 Final Release". 11 January 2010. Retrieved 2019-04-09.
  23. ^ "BackTrack 4 R1 – Public Release". Archived from the original on 2010-11-30. Retrieved 2019-04-09.
  24. ^ "BackTrack 4 R2 Download!". Archived from the original on 2011-01-12. Retrieved 2019-04-09.
  25. ^ "BackTrack Linux". Retrieved 2019-04-09.
  26. ^ "BackTrack 5 Release". Archived from the original on 2012-02-26. Retrieved 2019-04-09.
  27. ^ "BackTrack 5 R1 released". Archived from the original on 2012-02-23. Retrieved 2019-04-09.
  28. ^ "BackTrack 5 R2 Released". Archived from the original on 2012-03-03. Retrieved 2019-04-09.
  29. ^ "BackTrack 5 R3 Released!". Archived from the original on 2013-03-14. Retrieved 2019-04-09.
  30. ^ "BackTrack to be Reborn as Kali Linux!". 2013-02-01.

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