Russix – LiveCD Linux Distro for Wireless Penetration Testing & WEP Cracking

It looks like it might be time to update our very well received list of the 10 Best Security Live CD Distros (Pen-Test, Forensics & Recovery) since we have Russix now and Backtrack new version is on the way out.

Russix is a Slax based Wireless Live Linux. It has been designed to be light (circa 230Mb) and dedicated purely to wireless auditing.

It is not a script kiddy phishing tool and as such, while it will allow you to break a WEP key in 6 key strokes and conduct an “Evil Tiny Twin” attack in less than 5, it will not let you become the latest version of Barclays Bank.

Russix evolved from an internal UK Military Wireless auditing tool (debian based) which russ had developed while working for them as a penetration tester.

Russix is a free download for auditing. It scripts together several WLAN attacks and will allow the user to break a WEP key in about 6 keystrokes! It will not be modified by us to make it into a phishing tool as that would be evil.

It comprises a number of tools including aircrack-ng, cowpatty, asleap, nmap, wireshark, hydra, as well as scripted attacks to aid cracking WEP and WPA networks. Currently, it only supports Atheros based chipsets and those of you lucky enough to own 2 atheros cards will be able to use the scripted Evil Twin attack.

Interested in hearing any feedback you may have or improvements you can make.

You can download it here:

Built on 9th Dec 2007: Download latest version

Or read more here.

Posted in: Hacking Tools, Linux Hacking, Wireless Hacking

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15 Responses to Russix – LiveCD Linux Distro for Wireless Penetration Testing & WEP Cracking

  1. eM3rC February 19, 2008 at 9:08 am #

    Looks like a cool program.

    Very interesting that it was developed by a government organization and was opened up to the public (just like Tor and VMWare). Might take a look at this because of its WEP cracking features.

    Its it any faster/more efficient than Metasploit or Backtrack at cracking WEP keys or nothing new?

  2. Bogwitch February 19, 2008 at 11:39 am #

    How long has Metasploit been cracking WEP keys?

  3. subnetting February 19, 2008 at 9:18 pm #


    Two livecd wireless pentesting distro:


    I’ve probed Wifislax and it seems to be a very interesting tool in wireless pentesting: the necesary tools and drivers (Prism54, Madwifi-ng, HostAP, Ralink rt2570 , 2500, rt73 and rt61, Zydas ZD1211rw, Intel pro wireless ipw2100 / ipw2200 / Intel pro wireless ipw3945, Realtek rtl8180 y rtl8187, Broadcom and Texas Instruments (acx))

    They reused some things from Backtrack but I think they are doing a good job. Of course, Backtrack (the almighty) have a lot of wireless tools (and a lot of not wireless specific) that permit break into WEP and WPA/WPA2 networks (look at Backtrack wifu course)


  4. Pantagruel February 19, 2008 at 10:34 pm #

    Nice addition to the tool box, too bad it only supports Atheros cards since those are quite difficult to get your hands on.

  5. Pantagruel February 20, 2008 at 1:29 am #

    Stumbled across this:

    and has a large listing of HOWTO’s and video’s

  6. eM3rC February 20, 2008 at 2:55 am #

    That is awesome Pantagruel!
    Thanks a million!

  7. James Rennifield February 20, 2008 at 12:18 pm #

    – Doesn’t contain the proper atheros drivers for the card in the eee pc.

    – Script to create a bootable disk (I tried to install it to an SD card) doesn’t work.

  8. zupakomputer February 20, 2008 at 9:08 pm #

    Oooo – I’m looking for a win98se driver for a ralink RT73 / RT2571 usb card; I will be trying the one ralink provide on their own site, but am interested in any definite leads on defintely-working driver(s) – the one on their site is an .exe set-up, and as yet the other .exe set-ups for that card have failed to work.

    I’d prefer the files w/o the .exe set-up eg – rt73u98.sys

    (obviously a free download, I’m not going to pay $30 to join some driver db site when I have no real info on their files beforehand)

    cheers for any linkies.

  9. tekse7en March 2, 2008 at 6:45 am #

    I know that this is probably open source, but even so, government spawned programs irk the crap out of me…

  10. Lee March 8, 2008 at 10:51 pm #

    New version availible at and an ATI graphics card version at


  11. Pantagruel March 9, 2008 at 11:04 am #



    Driver EXE here

    I’m sorry it’s an .exe , but if your after the driver, extract it

  12. zupakomputer March 10, 2008 at 4:55 pm #

    The install CD actually did stick a bunch of the files in a folder, which it didn’t indicate; so I did find them – but they still don’t work on 98 like they say they do. Tried it for XP and it worked there ok (via the .exe w/o having to go looking for the folder..)….but to be honest I haven’t gone back and tried it again and again etc to see what the real problem is. I think the company are just liars that they have a 98 version cause their tech support didn’t bother replying after the initial bs standard replies I got off them.
    I’d think different if the computer was at fault with other new hw drivers – but I just got another wireless finder and an external drive, and they both installed with no problems on it.

  13. Pantagruel March 10, 2008 at 10:14 pm #


    Sorry for your loss.
    Guess you’re right, some manufacturers just add windows version X support so it looks great but actually is BS (I know some soundcard manufacturers for instance claiming drivers for linux/windows version X,Y,Z/etc but that all came out empty)

  14. fever April 8, 2008 at 7:44 pm #

    do you think that this might be even reomtely related to russia in some way? if not than why call it russix?

  15. Johnydeath May 2, 2008 at 12:23 pm #

    Perhaps I’m being far too sensible for a change but maybe the guy’s name who developed this is called Russ like it says on their website.

    Nah, I prefer your version.