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Arch Linux as a Penetration Testing Platform


Another great blog from the University of South Wales

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This post concentrates on addition of penetration testing tool repository provided by the BlackArch Linux team and other external parties to a basic Arch Linux distribution. By installing this repository, the distributions package management (Pacman by default) will gain access to over 1000 penetration testing tools, which are updated on daily bases. Because the repository is reinstalled on this Arch distribution previously, you might see different command outputs on your own Arch distro. The tutorial proposed in this post works every time, regardless of previous actions on the distribution. This post does not describe how to install Arch Linux, as that’s beyond the scope of this post.


pacman -S wget —installs wget.

pacman -S gnupg —installs gpg.

pacman -S nano —installs nano (nano should be installed by default).

pacman -S grep —installs grep (grep should be installed by default).


By default, a standard install…

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