Good Penetration Testing Live-CD?

I needed a penetration testing tool to ensure that a particular computer didn’t have any known vulnerabilities. Wanting something that didn’t have to be installed I started looking for live CDs, particularly one with Open-VAS installed. I tried numerous different CDs, all of which had some show stopper issue that made it not work. Most of them seemed to put more focus on making the UI look “haxxor 1337” than actually doing the intended job.

I finally stumbled upon a really good one! Don’t ask me how… I’d forgotten the name and tried to find it again, and even knowing a bunch of keywords I couldn’t find it with any of the search engines. Hopefully this link will help raise its position in the search game because it really deserves it!!

Shadow Circle, a PenTesting LiveCD that works!
Shadow Circle, a PenTesting LiveCD that works!

ASCII line drawing in PuTTY

Yeah! It’s always driven me nuts. I connect to my home computer via SSH and all of the window borders or tree controls in slrn are messed up with strange characters. I finally found a solution!

Basically, just set the assumed character set to UTF-8 under the Translation options!  Now I get proper borders and lines!

Good DSL tech support?

Is it possible?

I just changed my internet service provider from Comcast cable Internet to AT&T DSL. I was able to get a 50% faster download and 300% faster upload speed for less money. I tried to stay with Comcast, but they insisted on raising my monthly rate from the price that I’ve paid for a few years now.

Anyhow, I get my modem, plug it all in, and call tech support. Their install CD is obviously not going to work on Linux. I ask for the instructions for a manual setup. I expect the word Linux to create quite some confusion, but instead I hear “which distro?” He then starts out by saying, “OK, you probably instinctively reached for Firefox, but for this I’m going to suggest that you use Konqueror, it works better. Go to the…” I apparently needed Java enabled. He knew exactly which menu to pull down, exactly which options to change, everything!


Somehow I doubt this is a regular occurrence.