Pentoo – Gentoo Based Penetration Testing Linux LiveCD

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Pentoo is a Gentoo based penetrating testing linux LiveCD. It’s basically a Gentoo install with lots of customized tools, customized kernel, and much more. Here is a non-exhaustive list of the features currently included:

  • Hardened Kernel with aufs patches
  • Backported Wifi stack from latest stable kernel release
  • Module loading support ala slax
  • Changes saving on usb stick
  • XFCE4 wm
  • Cuda/OPENCL cracking support with development tools
  • System updates if you got it finally installed

Pentoo - Gentoo Based Penetration Testing Linux LiveCD

Put simply, Pentoo is Gentoo with the Pentoo overlay. This overlay is available in layman so all you have to do is layman -L and layman -a pentoo. We have a pentoo/pentoo meta ebuild and multiple pentoo profiles, which will install all the pentoo tools based on USE flags.

Pentoo has been around for a LONG time, it even got a brief mention in our epic 2006 article 10 Best Security Live CD Distros (Pen-Test, Forensics & Recovery) with over a million views. But it was pretty new back then, 9 years later it’s still around (unlike most of the other LiveCD distros which have disappeared).

It’s also still active and has a 2015 just released! It’s great to see such a dedicated team working on something for so many years.


Tool Categories

  • Analyzer
  • Bluetooth
  • Cracker
  • Database
  • Development
  • Exploit
  • Footprint
  • Forensics
  • Forging
  • Fuzzers
  • Misc
  • MitM
  • Pentoo
  • Proxy
  • RCE
  • Scanner
  • SIP-VOIP
  • Wireless

Notable Changes in 2015.0 RC3.7

  • Changes saving (including unetbooting support)
  • CUDA/OpenCL Enhanced cracking software
  • Kernel 3.15.5 and all needed patches for injection
  • XFCE 4.10

The full tool list is available here (it’s HUGE):

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You can download Pentoo 2015.0 RC3.7 here:

Direct – pentoo-amd64-hardened-2015.0_RC3.7.iso
Torrent – Pentoo_Linux_amd64_hardened_2015.0_RC3.7.torrent

Or read more here.

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