Until the release of BackTrack 4 r2, it was possible to get Metasploit working with MYSQL but it was not an altogether seamless experience. Now, however, Metasploit and MYSQL work together "out of the box" so we thought it would be great to highlight the integration. With the Metasploit team moving away from sqlite3, it is vital to be able to make use of a properly threaded database. There have also been quite a number of additional database commands added to Metasploit and documentation tends to be rather sparse online when it comes to the less "glamorous" side of database management.
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.
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.
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.