Thursday, May 23, 2013

BackBox Linux 3.05

Raffaele Forte has announced the release of BackBox Linux 3.05, an updated version of the project's Ubuntu-based specialist distribution designed for penetration testing and security assessments: "The BackBox team is pleased to announce the updated release of BackBox Linux, version 3.05. This release includes features such as Linux kernel 3.2, compat-wireless 3.8 (with Aircrack-ng patch) and Xfce 4.8. What's new? System improvements; upstream components bug corrections; performance boost; improved Update menu; improved Wi-Fi dirvers (compat-wireless 3.8 with Aircrack-NG patch); full support for Linux kernel 3.5 and 3.8 (install it with apt-get or Synaptic); predisposition to ARM architecture (new armhf.iso coming soon); new and updated hacking tools (Automater, inundator, Ettercap, Wireshark, SE Toolkit, Metasploit, sqlmap, BeEF, Recon-ng, zaproxy, Weevely, THC-IPV6, truecrack, Hashcat)." Here is the full release announcement with system requirements. Download (MD5): backbox-3.05-amd64.iso (1,587MB, torrent).

How to Record Your Android Device's Screen From Ubuntu 13.04/12.10 and Linux Mint 15/14

In this tutorial, we will see how to record your Android device's screen using a simple Java application called androidscreencast, you can get more information about it here.

The tutorial is workable in the following Ubuntu/Linux Mint distributions:

  • Ubuntu 13.04/12.10/12.04 or older
  • Linux Mint 15/14/13 or older
Getting Started 

Let's first install some dependencies needed for the application to run properly. So, open the terminal and enter this command:

sudo apt-get install openjdk-7-jre android-tools-adb icedtea-netx

Connect now your Android device (Tablet/smartphone) via USB and run this command to make sure it is detected:

adb devices

You may see outputs similar to these if device detected:

List of devices attached 
c1607f713b068af device

Now install androidscreencast using these commands:

mkdir  -p ~/Android_Screencast && cd Android_Screencast 
wget -O androidscreencast.jnlp

Start the application with this command:

javaws  ~/Android_Screencast/androidscreencast.jnlp

Wait for a a few seconds, then your Android device screen will appear on your computer:

You can resize the application window to increase the screen resolution of your Android device's screen. Click the Record button to start video recording.