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BlackArch Linux

Last Update: 2018-11-30 12:10 UTC


BlackArch Linux is an Arch Linux-based distribution designed for penetration testers and security researchers. It is supplied as a live DVD image that comes with several lightweight window managers, including Fluxbox, Openbox, Awesome and spectrwm. It ships with over a thousand specialist tools for penetration testing and forensic analysis.

Popularity (hits per day): 12 months: 71 (155), 6 months: 75 (145), 3 months: 68 (175), 4 weeks: 41 (291), 1 week: 42 (303)

Average visitor rating: 7.6/10 from 10 review(s).


Antergos Summary
Distribution BlackArch Linux
Home Page http://blackarch.org/
Mailing Lists --
User Forums --
Alternative User Forums
Documentation http://blackarch.org/guide.html
Screenshots --
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Download Mirrors http://blackarch.org/downloads.html
Bug Tracker https://github.com/BlackArch/blackarch/issues
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Recent Related News and Releases
  Releases, download links and checksums:
 • 2018-11-30: Distribution Release: BlackArch Linux 2018.12.01
 • 2018-06-01: Distribution Release: BlackArch Linux 2018.06.01
 • 2017-11-24: Distribution Release: BlackArch Linux 2017.11.24
 • 2017-08-30: Distribution Release: BlackArch Linux 2017.08.30
 • 2017-03-02: Distribution Release: BlackArch Linux 2017.03.01
 • 2016-12-21: Distribution Release: BlackArch Linux 2016.12.20
 • 2016-08-19: Distribution Release: BlackArch Linux 2016.08.19
 • 2015-03-30: Distribution Release: BlackArch Linux 2015.03.29
 • More BlackArch releases...

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Feature 2018.12.01 2017.12.11 2016.12.29 2015.03.29 2014.07.01
Release Date 2018-11-30 2017-12-11 2016-12-29 2015-03-30 2014-07-01
End Of Life          
Price (US$) Free Free Free Free Free
Image Size (MB) 600-11000 400-6800      
Free Download ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO
Installation Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode
Default Desktop Fluxbox Fluxbox Fluxbox Fluxbox Fluxbox
Package Management Pacman Pacman Pacman Pacman Pacman
Release Model Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed
Office Suite -- -- -- -- --
Processor Architecture armv6h, armv7h, x86_64 armv6h, armv7h, x86_64 armv6h, armv7h, i686, x86_64 armv6h, armv7h, i686, x86_64 i686, x86_64
Init Software systemd systemd systemd systemd systemd
Journaled File Systems          
Multilingual          
Asian Language Support          
Full Package List 2018.12.01 2017.12.11 2016.12.29 2015.03.29 2014.07.01
Package 2018.12.01 2017.12.11 2016.12.29 2015.03.29 2014.07.01
abiword (3.0.2) -- -- -- -- --
alsa-lib (1.1.7) 1.1.7 1.1.5 1.1.3 1.0.29 1.0.28
ati-driver (18.30) -- -- -- -- --
bash (4.4.18) 4.4 4.4 4.4 4.3 4.3
bind (9.13.4) -- -- -- -- --
chromium (71.0.3578.80) 70.0.3538.110 63.0.3239.84 -- -- --
cups (2.2.10) -- -- -- -- --
dhcp (4.4.1) 4.4.1 4.3.6 4.3.5 4.3.2 4.3.0
e2fsprogs (1.44.4) 1.44.4 1.43.7 1.43.3 1.42.12 1.42.10
firefox (63.0.3) 63.0.3 57.0.2 50.1.0 36.0.4 30.0
freetype (2.9.1) 2.9.1 2.7.1 2.6.5 2.5.5 2.5.3
gcc (8.2.0) 8.2.1 7.2.1 6.1.1 4.9.2 4.9.0
gimp (2.10.8) -- -- -- -- --
glibc (2.28) 2.28 2.26 2.24 2.21 2.19
gnome-shell (3.30.2) -- -- -- -- --
gnucash (3.3) -- -- -- -- --
gnumeric (1.12.44) -- -- -- -- --
grub (2.02) 2.02 2.02 -- -- --
gtk+ (3.24.1) 3.24.1 3.22.26 3.22.5 3.14.9 3.12.2
httpd (2.4.37) 2.4.37 2.4.25 2.4.25 2.4.12 2.4.9
inkscape (0.92.3) -- -- -- -- --
k3b (18.08.3) -- -- -- -- --
kmod (25) 25 24 23 20 18
krita (4.1.5) -- -- -- -- --
libreoffice (6.1.3) -- -- -- -- --
linux (4.19.8) 4.19.4 4.14.4 4.8.13 3.19.2 3.15.2
Package 2018.12.01 2017.12.11 2016.12.29 2015.03.29 2014.07.01
lxpanel (0.9.3) -- -- -- -- --
mariadb (10.3.11) 10.1.37 10.1.29 10.1.20 10.0.17 5.5.37
mate-desktop (1.20.3) -- -- -- -- --
mesa (18.3.0) 18.2.5 17.2.6 13.0.2 10.5.1 10.2.2
mysql (8.0.13) -- -- -- -- --
nautilus (3.30.4) -- -- -- -- --
NVIDIA (415.18) -- -- -- -- --
openbox (3.6.1) 3.6.1 3.6.1 3.6.1 3.5.2 3.5.2
openjdk (10.0.2) 11.0.1 7u131 7u111 7u75 7u60
openssh (7.9p1) 7.9p1 7.6p1 7.4p1 6.8p1 6.6p1
openssl (1.1.1a) 1.1.1 1.1.0g 1.0.2j 1.0.2a 1.0.1h
perl (5.28.0) 5.28.0 5.26.1 5.24.0 5.20.2 5.20.0
php (7.3.0) 7.2.12 7.2.0 7.0.14 5.6.7 5.5.14
plasma-desktop (5.14.4) -- -- -- -- --
postfix (3.3.2) 3.3.2 3.2.4 3.1.3 3.0.0 2.11.1
postgresql (11.1) 11.1 10.1 9.6.1 9.4.1 9.3.4
Python (3.7.1) 3.7.1 3.6.3 3.5.2 3.4.3 3.4.1
qt (5.12.0) 5.11.2 5.9.3 5.7.1 5.4.1 5.3.1
samba (4.9.3) 4.8.2 4.7.3 4.5.3 4.2.0 4.1.9
systemd (239) 239 235 232 218 214
thunderbird (60.3.3) -- -- -- -- --
vim (8.1) 8.1 8.0 8.0 7.4 7.4
vlc (3.0.4) -- -- -- -- --
xfdesktop (4.12.4) -- -- -- -- --
xorg-server (1.20.3) 1.20.3 1.19.5 1.18.4 1.17.1 1.15.2

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Version: 2017.12.11
Rating: 10
Date: 2018-07-08
Votes: 12


New version of the ISO and OVA is 2018.06.01. This version is really tight and recommended!


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Version: 2017.12.11
Rating: 1
Date: 2018-06-05
Votes: 0


Penetration "testing" distros with Systemd installed are oxymoronic. Anyone with the slightest knowledge of IT security would know the basic characteristics of malware, and be able to differentiate probable malware from legitimate software (at least when its blatantly obvious). Based on that, Systemd is beyond a reasonable doubt malware. (legal disclaimer: just my opinion) If they do not understand basic security concepts then how can they break/test it? If they do, then why knowingly put something that is in all likelihood intended to spy on, harm, or exploit their user base?

I tried this anyways, as all so called "penetration testing distributions" seem to be spins of the larger systemd based distros, but at least this one doesn't use the abominable GNOME3. That too is oxymoronic considering how bloated it is. There's a huge amount of tools, but that just means bloat. It's not a good thing, unless they are chosen and arranged efficiently. It's okay to have a large set of tools but throwing in the whole repository is overboard and puts a lot of unnecessary stuff on. In this case it is just a mess. I'd rather have a basic set of relevant software and then choose the rest myself.

Another concern about the massive amount of software that is heaped into this is the fact that they still include systemd which means they don't know anything about infosec or just don't care (or at least they certainly do not err on the side of caution), which means there's no reason to trust that they wouldn't be irresponsible in other ways. With the amount of software, who knows if its all trustworthy -- I doubt they'd bother concerning themselves with that. Have fun auditing that 4Gb+++ of stuff you will mostly never use.


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Version: 2017.12.11
Rating: 10
Date: 2018-05-02
Votes: 55


Installed as a daily driver, with no issues.
The large number of 1,940+ tools is there if you need it, but also doesn't get in the way of basic tasks.

This distro is an Arch-based masterpiece for red-team pentesting and blue-team forensic work.
I'm very fond of their default Fluxbox theme, and I prefer Fluxbox as my goto anyway, so it's a perfect fit.
Very easy to customize, and very stable (at least for me so far).

Though be warned, it is Arch-based so familiarity with the Arch way is highly recommended.
For a beginner to Arch and/or Linux in general, I wouldn't recommend this distro. Learn on regular Arch first or get your feet wet with a distro that holds your hand... this is not that.

If you're familiar with Arch and customizing a system to meet your exact specifications, you'll have a grand time enjoying all the effort put into this distro.

Can't wait to see where they take it in the future, and putting the number of tools aside I think it rivals and bests its peers by a longshot.


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