BlackArch Linux

I just found out about this Project. If you use Kali Linux and like Arch Linux this would be a perfect fit for you!

BlackArch Linux is an Arch-based GNU/Linux distribution for pentesters and security researchers. The BlackArch package repository is compatible with existing Arch installs.

Here are some of BlackArch’s features:

    – Support for i686 and x86_64 architectures
    – Over 600 tools (constantly increasing)
    – Modular package groups
    – A live ISO with multiple window managers, including dwm, Fluxbox, Openbox, Awesome, wmii, i3, and Spectrwm.
    – An installer with the ability to build from source.

Soon they will release:

    – ARM support
    – Documentation for all tools

The project authors are also releasing a tool to fetch and search exploit archives called sploitctl.

As an Arch Linux user myself I will be trying this soon and post my experience here. Getting all of these security tools on a rolling release distribution like Arch Linux is extremely hard to do and I am really excited to see the results.

To install any of these tools you need to add the BlackArch repository:

Append the following lines to /etc/pacman.conf to add the BlackArch repository:

[blackarch]

Server = /$repo/os/$arch

SigLevel = Optional TrustAll
Where should be a complete URL pointing to the repository. Please use one of our official mirrors. See Mirror Sites.

For package signing, run the following to pull in and sign the package signing keys:

$ sudo pacman-key -r 4345771566D76038C7FEB43863EC0ADBEA87E4E3

$ sudo pacman-key –lsign-key 4345771566D76038C7FEB43863EC0ADBEA87E4E3

Now run:

$ sudo pacman -Syyu

Installing packages
You may now install tools from the blackarch repository.

To list all of the available tools, run

$ sudo pacman -Sgg | grep blackarch | cut -d’ ‘ -f2 | sort -u

To install all of the tools, run

$ sudo pacman -S blackarch

To install a category of tools, run

$ sudo pacman -S blackarch-

To see the blackarch categories, run

$ sudo pacman -Sg | grep blackarch

If you don’t have Arch Linux installed already you can download an ISO with all configuration already in place on the following page: http://blackarch.org/download.html

Official website: http://blackarch.org/index.html

List of tools provided (constantly updated): http://blackarch.org/tools.html

2 Responses to “BlackArch Linux”

  1. deadline says:

    Thank you. BlackArch linux simply rocks!

  2. I think most of the users would like to see the tools listed in a xfce4 menu rather than the provided environment.We loo forward for that.thanks for the info.

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