Use Archlinux as your pentest distribution
Posted on September 19, 2021 by Adrian Wyssmann ‐ 2 min read
Often pen-tester/security expert/hacker use Kali Linux or Parrot as their distro of choice. While they are great, I use Archlinux as my daily driver. Thus I want to have the same toolset as these distros installed and configured on my Archlinux
I love my Archlinux and I have no intention to replace it with Kali Linux or Parrot. However I want to have all this nice Tools a pen-tester/security expert/hacker. Unfortunately these tools are not in the official Archlinux-repos nor the AUR. I found Blackarch - an Arch Linux-based penetration testing distribution for penetration testers and security researchers. So what about if I could install this on-top of my current setup?
Well, looking at the official user guide, this is actually quite easy:
strap.shas root and follow the instructions. See the following example.
curl -O https :// blackarch .org/strap.sh sha1sum strap.sh # should match : d062038042c5f141755ea39dbd615e6ff9e23121 sudo chmod +x strap.sh sudo ./ strap.sh
Now download a fresh copy of the master package list and synchronize packages:
sudo pacman -Syyu
Now you can install one or multiple tools from the blackarch repository.
To list all of the available tools, run
pacman -Sgg | grep blackarch | cut -d' ' -f2 | sort -u
To install all of the tools, run
pacman -S blackarch
To see the blackarch categories, run
pacman -Sg | grep blackarch
To install a category of tools, run
pacman -S blackarch -<category>
That’s cool, so now you have access to the 2740 tools, which would required around 46 GB of disk space if you want to install them all together.