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RE: VMWare and which linux distro?
From: Karmil Asgarally <kasgaral () emirates net ae>
Date: Thu, 08 Jan 2004 10:09:47 +0400

HI

Question:  Are u planning to install linux as a guest OS from which to
initiate your pentest?  If yes, then....

You might want to try a Fedora install as a vmware guest os.  It's working
excellent for me.

However, I recently tested PHLAK which is a linux distro mainly meant for
pentest and loaded with a lot of security tools.  Installing PHLAK as a
vmware guest does not even require drivers to be installed.

With PHLAK, you basically have 2 options to run.  It can be run as a live CD
or you can dump the whole OS on a HDD (My setup is dump everything inside a
vmware guest).

Check out www.phlak.org

Cheers.

-----Original Message-----
From: Maxime Rousseau [mailto:m.rousseau () cgi com]
Sent: Thursday, January 08, 2004 01:16
To: pen-test () securityfocus com
Subject: VMWare and which linux distro?



Hi List,

I think a good portion of you guys use a VMWare-Linux setup when doing
pen-test (for many reasons). The question i would like to ask is, which
linux distribution works best for this specific purpose ? Obviously you
dont need a distribution with many fency Xwin features and preferably
good networking tools built-in.

I am uncertain about which would work best in this particular scenario
and i really cant think of anyone better then you guys to give me
insight.

Thanks,

-Maxime


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