Backbox 6
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Backbox 6 – The beast updated to a new era

Backbox is an Ubuntu-based distribution developed to perform penetration tests and security assessments. It is designed to be fast and lightweight. The latest version of the backbox is based on Ubuntu 18.04.2 which includes the latest packages. It is based on the Xfce desktop which makes it easy to use and very fast. The new release includes

What’s new

  • Linux Kernel 4.18
  • Desktop environment
  • Hacking tools
  • ISO Hybrid with UEFI support
backbox 6 based on Xfce desktop
backbox 6 based on Xfce desktop

System requirements

  • 32-bit or 64-bit processor
  • 1024 MB of system memory (RAM)
  • 10 GB of disk space for installation
  • Graphics card capable of 800×600 resolution
  • DVD-ROM drive or USB port (3 GB)

The ISO images for both 32bit & 64bit can be downloaded from the official web site download section:

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Tools Included:

BackBox includes a suite of ethical hacking tools, geared specifically toward penetration testing. And these testing tools include the likes of:


  • Web application analysis
  • Exploitation testing
  • Network analysis
  • Stress testing
  • Privilege escalation
  • Vulnerability assessment
  • Computer forensic analysis and exploitation
Backbox 6 comes with latest updated tools
Backbox 6 comes with latest updated tools

So, Out of the box, one of the most significant differences between Kali Linux and BackBox is the number of installed tools. Whereas Kali Linux ships with hundreds of tools pre-installed, BackBox significantly limits that number to around 70.  Nonetheless, BackBox includes many of the tools necessary to get the job done, such as:


  • Ettercap
  • msfconsole
  • Wireshark
  • ZAP
  • Zenmap
  • BeEF Browser Exploitation
  • Sqlmap
  • Driftnet
  • Tcpdump
  • Cryptcat
  • Weevely
  • Siege
  • Autopsy


Making Bootable USB:

Backbox can be installed on VM or on bare metal. VM installation is straightforward but for hardware installation, you need to make a bootable USB. For this purpose, we can use Rufus or Etcher. Both are easy and simple to use. It takes only 10-15 minutes to make a bootable USB.


Installing Backbox is very easy and straightforward. It includes Ubuntu Ubiquity installer which is very simple and takes 15 minutes to install on normal hardware. The installer includes installing wifi drivers in the installation part. Partitioning is very easy if u are not dual-booting with Windows. For dual-boot you have to select a partition and then select partition other then C. Then after that you format the partition into ext4 and then install it.

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