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DistroWatch.com: BackBox Linux

BackBox Linux

Last Update: 2017-08-26 01:22 UTC


BackBox Linux is an Ubuntu-based distribution developed to perform penetration tests and security assessments. It is designed to be fast and easy to use. It provides a minimal yet complete desktop environment, thanks to its own software repositories, which are always updated to the latest stable versions of the most often used and best-known ethical hacking tools.

Popularity (hits per day): 12 months: 65 (172), 6 months: 70 (157), 3 months: 60 (178), 4 weeks: 94 (119), 1 week: 81 (123)

Average visitor rating: 9.67/10 from 6 review(s).


BackBox Summary
Distribution BackBox Linux
Home Page http://www.backbox.org/
Mailing Lists http://groups.google.com/group/backbox-linux
User Forums http://forum.backbox.org/
Alternative User Forums LinuxQuestions.org
Documentation http://wiki.backbox.org/
Screenshots http://www.backbox.org/gallery/backbox-linux-3DistroWatch Gallery
Screencasts
Download Mirrors http://www.backbox.org/downloads
Bug Tracker --
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Recent Related News and Releases
  Releases, download links and checksums:
 • 2017-07-21: Distribution Release: BackBox Linux 5
 • 2016-12-06: Distribution Release: BackBox Linux 4.7
 • 2016-05-27: Distribution Release: BackBox Linux 4.6
 • 2016-01-27: Distribution Release: BackBox Linux 4.5
 • 2015-10-12: Distribution Release: BackBox Linux 4.4
 • 2015-07-22: Distribution Release: BackBox Linux 4.3
 • 2015-04-27: Distribution Release: BackBox Linux 4.2
 • 2015-01-29: Distribution Release: BackBox Linux 4.1
 • 2014-10-11: Distribution Release: BackBox Linux 4.0
 • 2014-01-16: Distribution Release: BackBox Linux 3.13
 • 2013-09-20: Distribution Release: BackBox Linux 3.09
 • 2013-05-22: Distribution Release: BackBox Linux 3.05
 • More BackBox releases...

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Feature 5 4.7 3.13 2.05
Release Date 2017-07-21 2016-12-06 2014-01-16 2012-04-26
End Of Life        
Price (US$) Free Free Free Free
Image Size (MB) 2205-2205      
Free Download ISO ISO ISO ISO
Installation Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical
Default Desktop Xfce Xfce Xfce Xfce
Package Management DEB DEB DEB DEB
Release Model Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed
Office Suite LibreOffice LibreOffice LibreOffice GOffice
Processor Architecture i386, x86_64 i386, x86_64 i386, x86_64 i386, x86_64
Init Software systemd systemd Upstart Upstart
Journaled File Systems Btrfs, ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS Btrfs, ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS Btrfs, ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS Btrfs, ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS
Multilingual de, en, es, fr, it de, en, es, fr, it de, en, es, fr, it de, en, es, fr, it
Asian Language Support -- -- -- --
Full Package List 5 4.7 3.13 2.05
Package 5 4.7 3.13 2.05
abiword (3.0.2) -- -- -- 2.8.6
alsa-lib (1.1.4.1) 1.1.0 1.0.27.2 1.0.25 1.0.24.1
ati-driver (16.40) -- -- -- --
bash (4.4) 4.3 4.3 4.2 4.2
bind (9.11.2) -- -- -- --
chromium (61.0.3163.100) -- -- -- --
cups (2.2.4) 2.1.3 1.7.2 1.5.3 1.4.6
dhcp (4.3.6) 4.3.3 4.2.4 4.1.ESV-R4 4.1.1-P1
e2fsprogs (1.43.6) 1.42.13 1.42.9 1.42 1.41.14
firefox (55.0.3) 54.0 50.0.2 26.0 11.0
freetype (2.8.1) 2.6.1 2.5.2 2.4.8 2.4.4
gcc (7.2.0) 5.3.1 4.8.2 4.6.3 4.5.2
gimp (2.8.22) -- 2.8.10 2.6.12 --
glibc (2.26) 2.23 2.19 2.15 2.13
gnome-shell (3.26.0) -- -- -- --
gnucash (2.6.18) -- -- -- --
gnumeric (1.12.35) -- -- -- 1.10.13
grub (2.02) 2.02beta2 2.02beta2 1.99 1.99rc1
gtk+ (3.22.21) 3.18.9 2.24.23 2.24.10 2.24.4
httpd (2.4.27) 2.4.18 2.4.7 2.2.22 2.2.17
inkscape (0.92.2) -- -- -- --
k3b (17.08.1) -- -- -- --
kmod (24) 22 15 -- --
libgnome (2.32.1) -- 2.32.1 2.32.1 2.32.1
libreoffice (5.4.1) 5.1.6 4.2.8 4.1.4rc2 --
linux (4.13.3) 4.8 4.4 3.11 2.6.38
Package 5 4.7 3.13 2.05
lxde-common (0.99.2) -- -- -- --
mariadb (10.2.8) -- -- -- --
mate-desktop (1.18.0) -- -- -- --
mesa (17.2.1) 12.0.6 11.2.0 8.0.4 7.10.2
mysql (5.7.19) -- -- -- --
nautilus (3.26.0) -- -- -- --
NVIDIA (384.69) -- -- -- --
openbox (3.6.1) -- -- -- --
openjdk (8u144) 8u131 7u121 7u25 --
openssh (7.5p1) 7.2p2 6.6p1 5.9p1 5.8p1
openssl (1.1.0f) 1.0.2g 1.0.1f 1.0.1 0.9.8o
perl (5.26.1) 5.22.1 5.18.2 5.14.2 5.10.1
php (7.1.9) -- 5.5.9 5.3.10 5.3.5
plasma-desktop (5.10.5) -- -- -- --
postfix (3.2.3) -- -- 2.8.5 2.8.5
postgresql (9.6.5) -- 9.3.15 9.1.11 8.4.11
Python (3.6.2) 2.7.11 2.7.5 2.7.3 2.7.1
qt (5.9.1) 5.5.1 4.8.5 4.8.1 4.7.2
samba (4.7.0) 4.3.11 4.3.11 3.6.3 3.5.8
systemd (234) 229 204 -- --
thunderbird (52.3.0) 52.2.1 45.5.1 24.2.0 11.0.1
vim (8.0) 7.4 7.4 7.3 7.3
vlc (2.2.6) 2.2.2 -- 2.0.8 1.1.9
xfdesktop (4.12.4) 4.12.3 4.11.8 4.8.3 4.8.3
xorg-server (1.19.3) 1.18.4 1.15.1 1.11.4 1.10.1

Reader Ratings
Reader supplied reviews for BackBox Linux

Average rating
9.7
from 6 review(s)



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Version: 5
Rating: 10
Date: 2017-09-12
Votes: 0


it's fast, clean. wide hardware compatibility. it's security focused. if you work in IT security. it's highly recommended.


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Version: 5
Rating: 10
Date: 2017-08-05
Votes: 2


Nice fresh new look for BackBox been using for years and it only gets better. Love the fact is has WPScan as a default add-on. Watch out for this one.


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Version: 4.7
Rating: 10
Date: 2017-07-22
Votes: 1


I love this one.

This distro and parted magic are about all you need to save your *whatever* after a mistake, disaster, intrusion, etc. One could spend a massive amount of time exploring and experimenting with the apps that are included. All of it is well worth the download.

Put it on a usb drive, hook it on your key ring and put it in your pocket. I do.


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