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HackShark Linux 2.1
|Company / developer||Orion Caspar and HackShark|
|OS family||Unix-like / Linux / Red Hat Enterprise Linux / Fedora|
|Source model||Free software/ Open Source Software|
|Latest release||2.1 / July 14, 2012|
|Kernel type||Monolithic (Linux)|
|Default user interface||KDE Plasma Desktop|
|License||Mainly GNU GPL / Various|
HackShark Linux is an Fedora based Linux distribution aimed for digital forensics, penetration test and security assessment oriented providing a network and informatic systems analysis toolkit. It includes crime investigation, analysis and monitoring tools, specially developed for crime investigators and law enforcement organisations. Built on top of the Linux kernel, developed by the HackShark community, HackShark Linux desktop environment include a minimal yet complete set of tools required for ethical hacking and security testing. The current stable release of HackShark Linux is 2.1. In a very short time-span after its first release, HackShark Linux became notably popular among other hacking communities. Putting aside the official download website, there are a lot of third party websites, forums and personal blogs who started distributing this OS.
In HackShark Linux, HackShark community develops and maintains the distribution components. Its main aim is providing an alternative, highly customizable and performing system. The current release of HackShark Linux uses KDE as the desktop environment. However, when it started with its previous release, the founder of HackShark Linux used the LXDE as the default desktop environment. HackShark Linux includes some of the most used security and analysis Linux tools, aiming to a wide spread of goals, ranging from web application analysis to network analysis, from stress tests to sniffing, including also vulnerability assessment, computer forensic analysis and exploitation.
The power of this distribution is driven by Fedora repository core constantly updated to the last stable version of the most known and used ethical hacking tools. The integration and development of new tools inside the distribution follows the commencement of Open Source Community and particularly the GNU GPL criteria.
HackShark project was created in late 2010 by a computer hacker named Orion Caspar. The student of computer science in Netaji Subhas Open University, Orion Caspar created the predecessor of HackShark Linux for his own use, though it was never released publicly. It was named OS 0.5. Caspar created the first unreleased version of HackShark Linux without any graphical user interface. According to him, he wanted an operating system specially developed for computer hackers. In March, 2011, Caspar and a few other computer hackers created a community for themselves to carry on the project. One of them suggested HackShark as the community name. The name HackShark is derived from hacking and sharp and swift as shark. Thus, the community started to develop the operating system and named it after the community name.
Putting aside the basic and system tools, HackShark Linux arranges the hacking tools in 7 categories:
- Code Analysis
- Intrusion Detection
- Password Tools
- Web Application Testing
HackShark Linux provides users with easy access to a comprehensive and large collection of security-related tools ranging from port scanners to password crackers. Support for Live DVD and Live USB functionality allows users to boot BackTrack directly from portable media without requiring installation, though permanent installation to hard disk is also an option.
HackShark Linux includes many well known security tools including:
- John the ripper
|Not Released||OS 0.5||2.6.27||i386||CLI|
|2012-03-06||HackShark Linux 1.1||3.2.7||i386||LXDE, Live CD, installable|
|2012-07-14||HackShark Linux 2.1||3.4.4||i386||KDE, Live DVD|
- www.neowin.net, Review under heading HackShark Linux 1.1.
- , The Hackers' Arena
- , Daily Archive
- , Freshwrap
- HackShark Project on Sourceforge, The open source file hosting provider for HackShark project.
- http://hackshark.com/linux/about.html, HackShark Linux features on www.hackshark.com.
- HackShark Linux on sourceforge