WeakNet Linux – developed by WeakNet Labs – is a Debian based live disk that featured a suite of security tools coded with Bash, Perl, Perl Tk, PHP, MySQL, Gtk, and more. It uses GNOME as thedefault desktop environment. WeakNet Linux is designed primarily for penetration testing, forensic analysis and other security tasks.
WeakNet Linux was built from Ubuntu 9.10 which is a Debian based distro. All references to Ubuntu have been removed as the kernel has been completely re-compiled, all the Ubuntu specific software which would cause the ISO to bloat have been removed. The developers have used a non-Ubuntu-traditional Window Manager, with no DM. Now, to start X11 (Fluxbox), you simply have to type "startx" at the command line as root.
This distribution is actually the 'Lite' version, so it has fewer features pre-installed on it – it only has about 700mb to fit on an ISO CD. But you don't need to worry about the lack of programs because the application list is impressive. All the applications can be installed either using dpkg -i, or simply by clicking on them.
All of them are accessible via Desktop Menu by right-clicking anywhere on the desktop. Here there are some of the programs, just to name a few: Cisco Discovery Protocol, IRDP Sender, IRDP Receiver, ICMP traceroute, TCP SYN Scanner, SSHMITM, SSHow, TCPnice, TCPkill, Webspy, Wireshark, WiFiZoo, Ngrep, TCPDump, Ettercap Hosts [wlan1], Hping3, Fping, NetDiscover
For Fluxbox, the recommended specs are:
- 256 MiB of system memory (RAM)
- 2 GB of disk space
- Graphics card and monitor capable of 800×600 resolution
The FluxBox Menu is easy to access – you only have to right click anywhere on the desktop. To create a stack of tabbed applications, you simply click the title bar of an application with both right and left mouse button (or with middle mouse button) and drag the window over another dropping it on it. This will produce a volume of tabs on the left side of the window. Each tab has its own title and it corresponds to the application it is for.
Lots of WeakNet Linux applications are executed in the Terminal. The default terminal is Eterm – a highly customizable terminal emulator, similar to Gnome-Terminal. It can be accessed from the Desktop menu, from the Dock, or even from the terminal.
The Dock that WeakNet Linux uses is a Wbar dock, and it can be edited right from the menu.
Why is WeakNet Linux famous?
WeakNet Linux is famous because it is a great Debian based live disk that featured a suite of security tools designed primarily for penetration testing, forensic analysis and other security tasks.
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