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Backtrack 5 PDF tutorial compendium: A pen-tester’s ready reckoner

BackTrack 5 is an operating system designed specifically with the pen-tester in mind. Based on the Ubuntu GNU/Linux distribution, it comes packed with a formidable collection of 

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security tools aimed at vulnerability assessment, forensics and penetration testing. BackTrack 5 is the latest entrant to the stable and supports Live CD and Live USB functionality. The tools are comprehensively categorized under 12 headings.

We at SearchSecurity.in have put together a comprehensive set of tutorials in PDF form to cover the various aspects of BackTrack 5. Starting with exploring BackTrack 5’s VA tools, we look at the exploitation frameworks included, evading detection, web exploits and an overview to pen-testing. We have made these BackTrack 5 tutorials available for free download in PDF format for offline reference. You can find the links to our extensive list of BackTrack 5 PDF tutorials below.

BackTrack 5 tutorial Part I: Information gathering and VA tools

BackTrack 5, code named "Revolution", is the much awaited successor to the BackTrack 4 R2. Built from scratch, BackTrack 5 has seen major improvements and bug fixes. It comes pre-packaged with a full-fledged arsenal of penetration testing tools, password crackers and port scanners. This tutorial looks at performing vulnerability assessment (VA) and information gathering under BackTrack 5.

You can download this BackTrack 5 tutorial in PDF format along with the rest of our BackTrack 5 PDF tutorials for offline reference.

BackTrack 5 guide II: Exploitation tools and frameworks

In this part of our BackTrack 5 Guide, we explore the use of BackTrack 5’s tool-set to exploit remote systems with the framework and using the privilege escalation tool John the Ripper to crack passwords on remote Windows systems.

You can download this BackTrack 5 tutorial in PDF format along with the rest of our BackTrack 5 tutorial PDFs for offline reference.

BackTrack 5 tutorial: Part 3 – More on exploitation frameworks

Having covered information gathering/VA and exploitation tools earlier, in the third installment of our BackTrack 5 tutorial, we move on to how penetration testers can perform credential theft, privilege escalation and SQL injections using BackTrack 5 and its pre-packaged tools.

You can download this BackTrack 5 tutorial in PDF format along with the rest of our BackTrack 5 PDF tutorials for offline reference.

BackTrack 5 guide 4: How to perform stealth actions

The art of using stealth actions is an important skill for a good penetration tester. This essentially helps in understanding how a blackhat evades detection, and the vulnerabilities used to accomplish this. Our guide’s fourth installment looks at how you can perform stealth actions using BackTrack 5.

You can download this BackTrack 5 tutorial in PDF format along with the rest of our BackTrack 5 tutorial PDFs for offline reference.

BackTrack 5 training guide: Part V - Pen-testing in a nutshell

The first four parts of our Backtrack 5 training guide looked at different aspects of the penetration testing process. In this final installment, get a complete overview of all you need to know to conduct an ethical hacking and penetration testing exercise to quickly identify vulnerabilities in your network.

You can download this BackTrack 5 tutorial in PDF format along with the rest of our BackTrack 5 PDF tutorials for offline reference.

A Web exploit toolkit reference guide for BackTrack 5

This guide will acquaint you with Web exploit toolkits and their application under BackTrack 5. It covers several exploitation toolkits like darkMySQLi, fimap, SQLmap and XSSer.

You can download this BackTrack 5 tutorial in PDF format along with the rest of our BackTrack 5 tutorial PDFs for offline reference.

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This was first published in February 2012