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Backtrack 4 Beta Launching soon

In smoocon 2009 the beta would be demonstrated and after that it will be released for public
Now based on Debian core packages and utilizing the Ubuntu software repositories
Working out of the box:
* Native support for Pico e12 and e16 cards is now fully functional, making BackTrack the first pentesting distro to fully utilize these awesome tiny machines.
* Support for PXE Boot – Boot BackTrack over the network with PXE supported cards!
* SAINT EXPLOIT – kindly provided by SAINT corporation for our users with a limited number of free IPs.
* MALTEGO – The guys over at Paterva did outstanding work with Maltego 2.0.2 – which is featured in BackTrack as a community edition.
* The latest mac80211 wireless injection pacthes are applied, with several custom patches for rtl8187 injection speed enhancements. Wireless injection support has never been so broad and functional.
* Unicornscan – Fully functional with postgress logging support and a web front end.
* RFID support (thanks to Adam Laurie)
* Possibly CUDA support…
* New and updated tools – the list is endless!
BT 4 Beta teaser images

the size of this release is 850MB+ USB edition and in priliminary stage they are launching with USB and Vmware image version

* Default password to BackTrack 4 hasn’t changed, still root / toor.
* KDE 3 is being used in BT4. We tried KDE 4, really, we did. It sucked. Maybe 4.2 in BT4 final.
* Most of the KDE “apt gettable” packages have “kde3” appended to their names. So “apt-get install kate-kde3” is good, “apt-get install kate” is bad. Use “apt-cache search ” to search for packages to install.
* Kernel sources included in /usr/src/linux.
* DHCP disabled by default on boot, you need to /etc/init.d/networking start
* If you do an HD install and want to restore networking (DHCP) to be enabled at boot, type “update-rc.d networking defaults”.
* VMware users – to fix the KDE resolution, type “fixvmware” before starting X.
* Vmware tools and kernel modules compile perfectly on VMWare 6.5.1
* If you can’t get X to work, first try to autogenerate an xorg.conf by typing “Xorg -configure” and try using the generated conf file. If that bums out, you can revert to VESA by typing “fixvesa”.
* Wireless networking in KDE can be started with KnetworkManager (/etc/init.d/NetworkManager)
* Various drivers can be found in /opt/drivers (various madwifi branches, video drivers for Nvidia and HP 2133’s).
* Installation of BT4 to HD is similar to BT3. (tip – dont forget to modify /etc/fstab after the install. Change the first line from aufs / aufs …. to the corresponding device and filesystem. For example, on my box it’s /dev/sda3 / reiserfs defaults 0 0, as my root partition is on sda3 and i used the resiserfs filesystem).
* The warning message “W: GPG error: http://ppa.launchpad.net intrepid Release: The following signatures couldn’t be verified because the public key is not available: NO_PUBKEY CB2F6C86F77B1CA9” when “apt-get update” occurs as the Intrepid KDE 3 repos do not use a GPG key. We will eventually host these package in our own repo.
* Conky takes a while to load.
More updates soon

Shmoocon Highlights

Shmoo is a blast as usual. Lots of laughs, drinks, paybacks and sexually perverse stuff.
In an unlikely and strange cosmic coincidence, some of these moments were captured on video (THANK YOU Mister_X).
As I know these things eventually end up on the web (AKA, “The Pink Pirate Incident”), I decided to preempt this situation by posting these first.
The first gem is a short video of Reliks’ awsome talk about Fast Track, with the new improved red skull eyes. During the beginning of the presentation, (Sub) Zero Chaos is hiding under Reliks’ speaker table. At a strategic moment he pelts him in the nuts with a lemon. Ph33r.
The second gem captures a kodak moment where Zero Chaos explains why Pentoo is so good. He also stresses the importance of respect amongst friends. I believe his last words in the video are “Gay Chicken”. Dont ask.
Watch some of funny moments during talk
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wbeXI45wNyQ
http://www.offensive-security.com/mvi_4502.avi
http://www.offensive-security.com/mvi_4508.avi

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