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Pentoo Linux
Pentoo Linux 2010.0
Developer Grimmlin (Michael Zanetta - founder), Zero_Chaos (Rick Farina), blshkv (Anton Bolshakov), Wuodan (Stefan Kuhn), Jensp (Jens Pranaitis)[1]
OS family Unix-like
Working state Active[2]
Source model Open source
Initial release June 22, 2005; 13 years ago (2005-06-22)
Latest release 2009.0[3] / December 5, 2009; 8 years ago (2009-12-05)
Pentoo 2018.0 RC6.3 / March 26, 2018; 3 months ago (2018-03-26)
Latest preview 2018.0_RC7_pre20180703 / July 4, 2018; 5 days ago (2018-07-04)
Update method Emerge
Package manager Portage with Pentoo overlay
Platforms IA-32, x86-64
Kernel type Modular (Linux)
Userland GNU
Default user interface Xfce4 WM from LiveCD, various
License Free software licenses
(mainly GPL)
Official website and development page:

Pentoo is a Live CD and Live USB designed for penetration testing and security assessment.[4][5][6][7] Based on Gentoo Linux, Pentoo is provided both as 32 and 64 bit installable live CD. Pentoo is also available as an overlay[8] for an existing Gentoo installation. It features packet injection patched wifi drivers, GPGPU cracking software, and lots of tools for penetration testing and security assessment. The Pentoo kernel includes grsecurity and PAX hardening and extra patches - with binaries compiled from a hardened toolchain with the latest nightly versions of some tools available.


  • Available in 32-bit and 64-bit versions, the latter having a significant speed increase from 32bit
  • Includes the required environment to crack passwords using GPGPU with openCL and CUDA configured 'out of the box'[9][10][11]
  • Built on hardened linux, including a hardened kernel and toolchain
  • Hardened kernel with extra patches[12]
  • Uses a Pentoo overlay, which allows tools to be built on top of a standard Gentoo build
  • Support for full disk encryption with LUKS if installed on HDD
  • Automated installation[13]


Tools are installed with versioned ebuilds and open-ended ebuilds,[14] making it possible to pull in the latest subversions and still have installs tracked by package management. The following tool categories are included:[15]

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


Pentoo uses rolling releases with periodic ISO snapshots of the latest committed updates.

Date Release[16]
2005/06/22 Pentoo 2005.1
2006/02/02 Pentoo 2006.0
2006/07/05 Pentoo 2006.1
2009/12/04 Pentoo 2009.0
2012/07/30 Pentoo 2012.0
2013/03/09 Pentoo 2013.0 RC1.1
2013/07/04 Pentoo 2013.0 RC1.8
2014/08/08 Pentoo 2013.0 RC1.9
2014/03/17 Pentoo 2014.0 RC2.1
2014/08/08 Pentoo 2014.0 RC3
2014/09/25 Pentoo 2014.0 RC3.5
2014/11/16 Pentoo 2014.0 RC3.6
2015/01/05 Pentoo 2015.0 RC3.7
2015/12/02 Pentoo 2015.0 RC4.6[17][18][19]
2016/08/02 Pentoo 2015.0 RC5
2018/03/26 Pentoo 2018.0 RC6.3


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