PWB V.3.0 Available March 21st, 2010

The Offensive Security team is excited to announce the release date of v3.0 of the Pentesting With BackTrack Course.  On March 21, 2010 the course will be made live. The team has worked overtime to ensure the videos and labs are better than ever.

With new modules, more in depth explanations and a new rich lab environment, this will prove to be a very exciting release. We are opening up early registration for those interested in signing up now.  

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Pentesting With BackTrack v.3.0

BackTrack 4 Downloads are still going strong with over 30,000 registered downloads up to now. We are currently working on updating our new course materials based on BackTrack 4. We expect the new version to be available soon.

As always, alumni students will be able to upgrade their version of PWB. The upgrade fee will (as usual) be the difference between the current price and new one. No, we don’t have pricing information at this point!

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BackTrack 4 Final Release

Taken  from the new BackTrack Site :

BackTrack 4 Final is out and along with this release come some exciting news, updates, and developments. BackTrack 4 has been a long and steady road, with the release of abeta last year, we decided to hold off on releasing BackTrack 4 Final until it was perfected in every way shape and form.

With this release includes a new kernel, a larger and expanded toolset repository,

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News and Updates

We’ve got a bunch of exciting news, I’ll try to make this as short and concise as possible.

The guys from the Metasploit project have teamed up with Offensive Security to significantly expand our current Metasploit Unleashed public course. Work is underway!

Apropos MSFU, some statistics – over 3 million page views, 80k unique visitors and 58,000 password bruteforce attempts since the course is up.

BackTrack 4 development is going on strong,

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BackTrack 4 Pre Final Kernel Update

We have pushed a new kernel to the repository and updated several drivers. The upgrade process is a bit convoluted, but has been streamlined for the future. For now, run these commands from your backtrack box to update to the latest kernel and drivers:

apt-get update
apt-get install -d linux-image
cd /var/cache/apt/archives/
dpkg -i –force all linux-image-2.6.30.5_2.6.30.5-10.00.Custom_i386.deb
apt-get dist-upgrade
apt-get install madwifi-drivers
apt-get install r8187-drivers

After a reboot,

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Kernel whoops in BackTrack 4

The latest Linux Kernel ‘sock_sendpage()’ NULL Pointer Dereference Vulnerability did not spare BackTrack 4 either.  We’ve taken this opportunity to upgrade the BackTrack 4 kernel and include the required security patch.

The patched kernel source and image can be downloaded here :

BackTrack 4 Kernel Image (2.6.30.4)
BackTrack 4 Kernel Source (2.6.30.4)
*Links removed*

The repositories will be updated soon, to include additional drivers compiled against this kernel.

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BackTrack 4 Pre Final – Feel the pwnsauce!

Two weeks later..

  • 130232 downloads of BackTrack 4 Pre-Final since the release.
  • This number does not include torrents, direct dls or black market underground copies.
  • That translates to 182325 GB of traffic served from our mirrors in the past two weeks.
  • Our repository serves 120 GB of traffic a day (not downloads)
  • We’re on our 7th security update (BTSU’s – they get posted on our twitter page)
  • Cool updates in the repo,

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Keeping BackTrack up to Date

Our BackTrack repositories keep getting updated with new tools, drivers etc. For example, we just added legacy madwifi-ng and r8187 injection capable drivers to the repository. You can follow these simple steps to add them to your iso, and keep it updated in general.

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Installing BackTrack 4 as a VMware Guest

As we havn’t released a VMware image yet, and vmware-tools does not play nice with our 2.6.29.4 kernel, i thought i’de post a short how-to on getting VMware tools installed in BT4 as a VMware guest. I used VMware Workstation 6.5.2 to test this.

The BackTrack kernel sources are already in place, so all that’s left  to do is install BackTrack in VMware and start the VMware tools install. BackTrack uses up around 5 GB once installed,

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CUDA and ATI Stream in BackTrack 4

We’ve just pushed CUDA and ATI Stream packages to the repo, including many updates and upgrades. Although the nvidia and ATI drivers are not included by default on the livecd, they can be apt-getted, and are working out of the box. Big thanks once again to pure_hate and KMDave for this wonderful feature!

Lastly, a quick screenshot from pure_hate showing 3 dual GTX 295’s in action. Ph33r.

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Backtrack 4 Powered with CUDA

Some really exciting stuff going on in the world of CUDA on backtrack 4. We have updated to cuda 2.2 and will be offering the complete developers environment. This will include every thing you need to write some of your own tools with CUDA if the need arises. If you don’t know what CUDA is then you should read this to get familiar with the topic. CUDA
Pyrit will be included in bt4 and is now featuring multi card support.

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