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Ann: Backtrack 2.0 released
From: Thierry Zoller <Thierry () Zoller lu>
Date: Thu, 8 Mar 2007 13:25:22 +0100

Dear List,

On behalf of the Backtrack Team (which I am _not_ part of) I'd like to
direct your attention to the immediate availability of Backtrack 2.0
and would like to personaly thank them for the immense effort put
into this Project.


BackTrack is the most Top rated linux live distribution focused on penetration testing. With no installation 
whatsoever, the analysis platform is started directly from the CD-Rom and is fully accessible within minutes.
It's evolved from the merge of the two wide spread distributions Whax and Auditor Security Collection. By joining 
forces and replacing these distribution the BackTrack could gain a massive popularity and was voted in 2006 as #1 at 
the surveil of insecure.org. Security professionals as well as new-comers are using it as their favorite toolset all 
over the globe.

New exciting features in BackTrack 2, to mention a few:

    * Updated Kernel-Running 2.6.20, with several patches.
    * Broadcom based wireless card support
    * Most wireless drivers are built to support raw packet injection
    * Metasploit2 and Metasploit3 framework integration
    * Alignment to open standards and frameworks like ISSAF and OSSTMM
    * Redesigned menu structure to assist the novice as well as the pro
    * Japanese input support-reading and writing in Hiragana / Katakana / Kanji.
    * A lot more..

BackTrack has a long history and was based on many different linux distribution until it is now based on a Slackware 
linux distribution and the corresponding live-CD scripts. Every packet, kernel configuration and scripts are optimized 
to be used by security penetration testers. Patches and automatism have been added, applied or developed to provide a 
neat and ready-to-go environment.

After coming into a stable development procedure during the last releases and consolidating feedbacks and addition, the 
team was focused to support more and newer hardware as well as provide more flexibility and modularity by restructuring 
the build and maintenance processes. With the current version, most applications are built as individual modules which 
help to speed up the maintenance releases and fixes.

Because Metasploit is one of the key tools for most analysts it is tightly integrated into BackTrack and both projects 
collaborate together to always provide an on-the-edge implementation of Metasploit within the BackTrack CD-Rom images 
or the upcoming remote-exploit.org distributed and maintained virtualization images (like VMWare images appliances).

Being superior while staying easy to use is key to a good security live cd. We took things a step further and aligned 
BackTrack to penetration testing methodologies and assessment frameworks (ISSAF and OSSTMM). This will help our 
professional users during their daily reporting nightmares.

Currently BackTrack consists of more than 300 different up-to-date tools which are logically structured according to 
the work flow of security professionals. This structure allows even newcomers to find the related tools to a certain 
task to be accomplished. New technologies and testing techniques are merged into BackTrack as soon as possible to keep 
it up-to-date.

No other commercial or freely available analysis platform offers an equivalent level of usability with automatic 
configuration and focus on penetration testing. 

Thierry Zoller
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