Sunday, February 1, 2009

BackTrack 4 - Sweet!

I just saw HDM tweet about BackTrack4. He mentioned that it was coming out soon and that it had some sweet features, so I thought I'd check it out for myself.

As a matter of fact, it does look very cool.  Some of the features I'm excited about

Native support for Pico e12 and e16 cards is now fully functional, making BackTrack the first pentesting distro to fully utilize these awesome tiny machines. -- Although I don't have one of these, I hope to soon. It's good to know I won't have to struggle much to get it working

The latest mac80211 wireless injection pacthes are applied, with several custom patches for rtl8187 injection speed enhancements. Wireless injection support has never been so broad and functional. -- I'm particularly excited about the rtl8187 enhancements because this is one of my main injection cards.

RFID support -- This will be cool for next year's Defcon and the increased focus on RFID. RFID wall of sheep, anyone?

CUDA support -- This is going to be AWESOME because BT4 already supports calculating WPA tables using CUDA out of the box. This will be a step forward from having just your CPU churn away, although it does cause issues with X right now...


For those unfamiliar with CUDA: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CUDA
Link to BackTrack 4 Blog: http://backtrack4.blogspot.com

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