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Live Linux Wireless and Security Distributions:



Listed are some of the more Wireless and Penetration Testing specific Linux distros available. 


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CQure AP




Knoppix STD


Less Networks Hotspot Server


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Talos Security LiveCD









Anonym.OS is an OpenBSD 3.8 Live CD with strong tools for anonymizing and encrypting connections. Standard network applications are provided and configured to take advantage of the tor onion routing network.


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The Auditor security collection is a Live-System based on KNOPPIX; started directly from the CD-Rom.  In addition to the approx. 300 tools, the Auditor security collection contains further background information regarding the standard configuration and passwords, as well as word lists from many different areas and languages with approx. 64 million entries.  Tools like Wellenreiter and Kismet are equipped with an automatic hardware identification, thus avoiding irritating and annoying configuration of the wireless cards.  Now depreciated by Backtrack.


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Arudius is a Linux live CD with tools for information assurance (penetration testing, vulnerability analysis, etc). It is based on Slackware (Zenwalk) for i386 systems and targets the information security audience.  It features a large collection of tools for information assurance, while maintaining small footprint (210MB mini-CD).


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BackTrack is the result of the merging of the Auditor and WHAX distributions.  Based on SLAX (Slackware), BackTrack provides user modularity. This means the distribution can be easily customised by the user to include personal scripts, additional tools, customised kernels, etc.


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CQure AP:


An 802.11 wireless access point that runs on a tiny Linux distribution, small enough to fit onto a bootable floppy disk.  It currently has support for running as a bridge or gateway. It comes with a dhcp server and firewall and has support for 802.1X.  Configure the AP using the cqure.conf supplied on the floppy.


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Frenzy is a "portable system administrator toolkit," LiveCD based on FreeBSD. It generally contains software for hardware tests, file system check, security check and network setup and analysis.


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Knoppix based live Linux distro with hundreds of security tools included.


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Linux LiveCD Router:


Bootable Linux CD that allows you to share your broadband connection and use WIFI. You can use DSL, ADSL, Cable Modem, T1, Fixed IPs, Dial-Up, WIFI, build you own Access Point.


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Less Networks Hotspot Server:


Less Networks Hotspot Server allows you to turn your pc into wireless hotspot.


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Operator is a Linux (Debian) distribution that runs from a single bootable CD.  The Operator contains an extensive set of Open Source network security tools that can be used for monitoring and discovering  networks.  Operator also contains a set of computer forensic and data recovery tools that can be used to assist you in data retrieval on the local system. 


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Pentoo is a Gentoo Linux based LiveCD that comes with a lot of tools for penetration testing, scanning one's network, exploiting vulnerabilities and so on.


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PHLAK or [P]rofessional [H]acker’s [L]inux [A]ssault [K]it is a modular live security Linux distribution (a.k.a LiveCD). PHLAK comes with two light gui’s (fluxbox and XFCE4), many security tools, and a spiral notebook full of security documentation. PHLAK is a derivative of Morphix.


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PProtech is a specially designed Linux distribution for security technicians and programmers, although it can be used normally as your default desktop system.  Protech can run from anywhere in a Live environment from a CD or USB stick or it can easily be installed in your hard drive in a few minutes.


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Russix is a Slax based Wireless Live Linux.  It has been designed to be light (circa 230Mb) and dedicated purely to wireless auditing.  It is not a script kiddy phishing tool and as such, while it will allow you to break a WEP key in 6 key strokes and conduct an "Evil Twin" attack in less than 5!


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A Single Bootable Floppy based Linux distribution.  It can act as a bridge, router, firewall, DHCP server, DNS server, Wireless Access Point or any combination of these functions.


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Talos Security LiveCD:


Talos is a security LiveCD, based on SLAX 5.1.0 with over 90 security tools preinstalled. It runs directly from the CD without the need to install on the harddisk.


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"A new Linux distribution for Wardrivers. It is available on disk and bootable CD. It's main intended use is for systems administrators that want to audit and evaluate their wireless network installations. Should be handy for wardriving also."


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WHAX is the natural evolution of Whoppix - a live cd, standalone penetration testing toolkit.  WHAX is based on SLAX, a Slackware live cd.  Now depreciated by Backtrack.


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