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Screenshot of DAVIX
DAVIX 1.0.1
DeveloperJan Monsch, Raffael Marty
OS familyUnix-like
Working stateCurrent
Source modelOpen source
Latest releasev 1.0.1 / August 6, 2008; 10 years ago (2008-08-06)
Kernel typeMonolithic kernel
Default user interfaceKDE
Official websitedavix.secviz.org

DAVIX is a Live CD based on Slackware for the purposes of computer security operations. The distribution focuses on data analysis and visualization.[1] DAVIX stands for Data Analysis and VIsualization linuX. It is the first Live CD to integrate so many visualization tools. The long-term goal for the distribution is to provide a good set of tools supporting the complete process of visual data analysis.

Jan Monsch began work on the CD in December 2007.[2] After discussions with Raffael Marty in January 2008, Jan agreed to produce the CD for "Applied Security Visualization" based on a list of utilities Raffael had discussed in the book.[3]


DAVIX contains a collection of more than 25 free tools for data processing and visualization.[4] Some examples of the tools are:

The DAVIX CD ships with a 15 chapter manual which covers DAVIX use and customization with examples and screenshots.[5] Additionally, most utilities on the system have documentation pages.

The DAVIX CD is based on Slax.

Security visualization[edit]

Computer information security visualization is a form of Visualization (computer graphics). In enterprise environments, computer security information can be generated in very large volumes, which can become very difficult to analyze without a visual context. Using DAVIX, a security engineer can visually spot anomalies in network traffic such as changes in IP sources/destinations, network protocols, application protocols, traffic patterns, frequency, and volume.

Current State[edit]

DAVIX was released at Black Hat Briefings/DEF CON in August 2008.[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ The Davix Live CD - http://www.secviz.org/content/the-davix-live-cd
  2. ^ DAVIX - A Look Behind the Scene - http://www.iplosion.com/archives/63
  3. ^ Marty, Raffael (2008). Applied Security Visualization. Addison-Wesley Professional. Pearson Education. ISBN 0-321-51010-0.
  4. ^ Security Visualization - What you don’t see can hurt you - http://holisticinfosec.org/toolsmith/docs/june2008.pdf
  5. ^ The DAVIX Manual -
  6. ^ DAVIX 1.0.1 Released - http://www.secviz.org/content/davix-101-released

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