Introduction To Penetration Testing With Kali Linux
Bytes: A penetration test is one of the most effective ways to identify systemic weaknesses and deficiencies in these programs. A penetration test, or the short form pen-test, is an attack on a computer system with the intention of finding security weaknesses, potentially gaining access to it, its functionality and data. The process involves identifying the target systems and the goal, then reviewing the information available and undertaking available means to attain the goal. A penetration test can help determine whether a system is vulnerable to attack if the defenses were sufficient and which defenses were defeated in the penetration test. By attempting to circumvent security controls and bypass security mechanisms, a penetration tester is able to identify ways in which a hacker might be able to compromise an organization’s security and damage the organization as a whole.
Kali Linux (Kali) is a Linux distribution system that was developed with a focus on the penetration testing task. Previously, Kali Linux was known as BackTrack, which itself is a merger between three different live Linux penetration testing distributions: IWHAX, WHOPPIX, and Auditor. BackTrack is one of the most famous Linux distribution systems, as can be proven by the number of downloads that reached more than four million as of BackTrack Linux 4.0 pre final. Kali Linux Version 1.0 was released on March 12, 2013. Five days later, Version 1.0.1 was released, which fixed the USB keyboard issue. Later many versions of kali were released which included advanced tool and fixing bugs found in previous releases. The latest version is 2.0, also known as Kali Sana.
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