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l4nw0lf
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 06, 2011 4:59 am    Post subject: favorite OS? Reply with quote

quick question guys,

which OS would you guys that are already working in the CF field better suit your needs?

been running backtrack5 lately seems to have a good collection of tools to do pentest, is there any other out there that u preferred over backtrack5 ? your input is greatly appreciate it

thank you
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 06, 2011 11:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Use the OS that does the job you need done at the time. That includes running the software you need ran. An OS is simply a tool. You don't use a hammer to insert screws and you don't use a screwdriver to drive nails.
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 06, 2011 11:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

fair enough, I'm doing my bachelor in CF total noob in the field, just asking so I could start using what most of the guys are using, just to get used to it, thank you again
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 06, 2011 2:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Backtrack is not an OS. It is a distribution of Linux designed for pen testers. There are distros designed for forensics as well (SIFT, DEFT, etc.).
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 06, 2011 4:04 pm    Post subject: Re: favorite OS? Reply with quote

l4nw0lf wrote:
been running backtrack5 lately seems to have a good collection of tools to do pentest, is there any other out there that u preferred over backtrack5 ?


There's no single answer -- you chose your tools to fit your working methods. As you're starting from scratch, however, take a look at SIFT from SANS. The download material includes a live CD, much like backtrack, so it's not just a VMWare environment.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 28, 2011 4:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Windows 7..... and I have VM workstation with VMs of the

SIFT kit (for forensics)
2 XP machines for (malware analysis)
OSX (I rarely use it)
Backtrack 4 R2 (For pentesting and when backtrack 5 fails)
Backtrack 5
Windows Server 2003 (windows attack tools are on here)
Security Onion (A beautiful compilation of IDS tools)

but I like Windows 7 as my host because lets face it... Windows just works...
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 28, 2011 2:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ckimmel wrote:
but I like Windows 7 as my host because lets face it... Windows just works...
Windows just works...LOL. I get the joke. Linux is really a far better hosting platform for VMs. First there is less overhead and there are a number of issues using a Linux based VM in Windows and trying to examine a Linux target.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 28, 2011 11:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

PreferredUser wrote:
ckimmel wrote:
but I like Windows 7 as my host because lets face it... Windows just works...
Windows just works...LOL. I get the joke. Linux is really a far better hosting platform for VMs. First there is less overhead and there are a number of issues using a Linux based VM in Windows and trying to examine a Linux target.



I'm not getting into this argument... I like Linux and I like it a lot, I will not argue the advantages... HOWEVER.... Windows is more compatible with pretty much everything out there....

and I personally have never had issues analyzing a Linux based target with a vm... so I'm unaware as to what issues you are speaking of.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 29, 2011 7:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh I agree Windows runs more programs, however as a platform for VMs Linux is better. That was my point (and of course to have a chuckle about Windows just works). And I am certainly not saying that Linux is problem free. As they try to make it more friendly more issues arise.

Anyway, back to the VM point, one of the issues is connecting to an LVM from a Windows host running a Linux VM. There are others in the same vein. With a Linux host there just seem to be less issues.
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