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The Offsec crew is back from BlackHat and Defcon, alive and well. The PWB and AWE trainings were a blast and the crowd was awesome. The BackTrack R1 BlackHat edition release went well, with over 5500 DVDs distributed. We thank everyone who came to our booth – it was nice to put a face to some of those names…
Several people have been asking for instructions on updating hard drive installs of BackTrack – here’s a quick set of commands to upgrade your BackTrack machine – and prepare the kernel sources – for example VMWare tools or VirtualBox tools kernel module compilations.
Last night we moved a new kernel package (2.6.34) out of the testing repositories, and into the official ones. This kernel update marks a huge improvement in hardware support and desktop responsiveness. In addition to the kernel, we have added several external wireless drivers – madwifi-ng (ath_pci), broadcom-sta (wl, no injection), r8187 drivers and rt73 k2wrlz drivers.
Exciting times here at Offensive Security. Two of our most major projects are off to new and amazing directions – BackTrack and the Exploit Database. The BackTrack development team is now officially funded by Offensive Security, bringing a new era of a high quality penetration testing distribution. In addition, the EDB has started a new R&D initiative which will result in some interesting blog posts.
This past weekend Offensive Security ran its second cyber hacking challenge, “How Strong is Your Fu – Hacking for Charity“. We first separated the contestants into groups of 10 and each had 48 hours to hack into our 5 evil machines that were conjured up by the VM gremlins of the Offensive Security Team.
We are coming close to a public release of BackTrack R1 – the world’s leading penetration testing distribution. We wanted to provide an opportunity for our users to make last suggestions for tools which are currently NOT present , but should be included. Please use the following form to submit your suggestions to our development team.
This guide comes from my own journey from finding a buffer overflow in an OS X application to producing a working exploit. I have reasonably good exploit development skills having completed the Penetration Testing with BackTrack and Cracking the Perimeter training courses, and working on several buffer overflow exploits. The majority of my exploit development skills are based around Windows vulnerabilities and using the OllyDBG debugger.
The release of BackTrack 4 unleashed a whirlwind of over 1 million downloads. Information Security specialists and Penetration Testers from all over the world showing their support and love for the product that has become the #1 Penetration Testing Distribution.