Penetration Testers Distro: Pentoo

Pentoo is a Live CD and Live USB designed for penetration testing and security assessment. Based on Gentoo Linux, Pentoo is provided both as 32 and 64 bit installable livecd.

Pentoo is also available as an overlay for an existing Gentoo installation. It features packet injection patched wifi drivers, GPGPU cracking software, and lots of tools for penetration testing and security assessment. The Pentoo kernel includes grsecurity and PAX hardening and extra patches – with binaries compiled from a hardened toolchain with the latest nightly versions of some tools available.

Pentoo 2019.0

Current Features :

  • Full UEFI including secure boot support
  • Unetbootin et al support, including “Ubuntu only” changes saving 🙂
  • OpenCL Enhanced cracking software including John The Ripper and Hashcat
  • Kernel 4.20.2 and all needed patches for injection including the latest 802.11ac drivers
  • XFCE 4.12
  • Full tools list to the right ->
  • All the latest tools and a responsive development team!

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Pentoo comes in many flavors and it is important to choose wisely.

Right now, you have two main choices:


Choice 1: hardened or default

You want hardened. No seriously, you want hardened. When was the last time you thought to yourself “I need less security in my pen-testing environment?” In all seriousness, nearly everything works in the hardened builds, and it is vastly more stable than anything you have ever used before with the added bonus of being more secure. You only want default if you are doing exploit against yourself, or you *need* opengl support. OpenCL and CUDA work fine in the hardened release, but right now, opengl support still eludes us. If you cannot live without opengl acceleration pick default, otherwise, you really want hardened.


Choice 2: x86_64 or i686

Reality is, no one tests things on x86 anymore. I don’t just mean us, I mean software devs, distro devs, and even kernel devs. No one cares about old hardware. If you download the i686 builds, it will run on anything Pentium M or higher, but reality is that the x86_64 builds are not only faster, but hugely better tested. Pick x86_64 unless you have a really good reason (like wanting to support ancient hardware).

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