Linux News Today: Ubuntu-Based BackBox Linux 4.6 Launches with Updated Hacking Tools, Kernel 4.2
Raffaele Forte, the maintainer of the Ubuntu-based BackBox Linux operating system designed for penetration testing and forensic analysis operations, has announced the release of BlackBox Linux 4.6.
Powered by a kernel from the Linux 4.2 series, which is currently being used in Ubuntu 15.10 (Wily Werewolf) operating system and maintained by Canonical for a few more months, BackBox Linux 4.6 arrives today, four months after the release of BackBox Linux 4.5, bringing many updated hacking tools.
Among these, we can mention the Metasploit penetration testing software, wxHexEditor free hex and disk editor for huge files, WPScan black box WordPress vulnerability scanner, SE Toolkit for performing phishing attacks, as well as the DirSearch Web path scanner.
Additionally, the Volatility memory forensics framework, OpenVAS open vulnerability assessment system, YARA pattern matching swiss knife for malware researchers, and the BeEF web browser exploitation framework have been updated as well in the BackBox Linux 4.6 release.
Ruby 2.2 is now available
Other changes implemented in the BackBox Linux 4.6 operating system are the update of the Ruby dynamic, object-oriented, and general-purpose programming language to version 2.2, which has been enabled by default, the latest updates from the upstream Ubuntu Linux software repositories, and, of course, many small bug fixes.
BackBox Linux 4.6 appears to be the last in the series, and if you are using any of the releases from the 4.x branch, you can upgrade right now by using the set of commands listed below. On the other hand, newcomers to this security-oriented OS can download the 64-bit and 32-bit Live ISO images right now via our website.
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get dist-upgrade
sudo apt-get install -f
However, the upgrade process from a previous BackBox Linux 4.x release is a little bit more complicated than running the commands listed above, as it depends on the architecture used, 64-bit or 32-bit, so please check out the official announcement for more details.