BackTrack is a Linux-based penetration testing arsenal that aids security professionals in the ability to perform assessments in a purely native environment dedicated to hacking. BackTrack has been customized down to every package, kernel configuration, script and patch solely for the purpose of penetration testing. Backtrack also includes some web browsers, and wireless network, video and audio drivers which means on some systems you can boot from your USB stick and have a fully functioning PC/netbook even if you don't use the testing tools.
Type startx to start the GUI...
BackTrack 4 can be used to check the security of your wireless network. It also contains FireFox and many other useful tools such as wireshark for tracing PXE boot issues.
WARNING: It is illegal to attempt to hack someone's network/computer unless you have their permission!
This tutorial uses grub4dos and extracted files from the BackTrack ISO file - you cannot easily boot BackTrack directly from a BackTrack ISO file (see the end of this page for details of a commonly suggested method that DOES NOT WORK!).
If you want to make a USB pen that is persistent (keeps any changes you make) and has a separate partition rather than the mountable file used in step 6 - see here (you will need to boot from the USB pen made above and then use a 2nd 16GB+ USB pen, or boot from a BT4 CD and follow the instructions to make a persistent USB pen on your16GB USB pen.
If you want to encrypt the USB pen at the same time - follow this video here.
Troubleshooting: If the persistent filesystem is damaged, it may not boot --> EXT2-fs (loop 1 error). In that case delete the casper-rw file and re-make it using RMPrepUSB again.
PLEASE NOTE: Booting BackTrack4/5 as an ISO - DOES NOT WORK!
You cannot boot BT from an ISO (unless you modify files inside the ISO - which I have not tested)!
The directions below do NOT work - backtrack starts to boot but then you get an (initramfs) shell error
1. Create a folder called BT4 containing ONLY the ISO file which must be named as bt4-final.iso
2. Create a menu.lst file in the same folder containing the following lines:
title BackTrack 4
3. Run RMPrepUSB and set the Copy Files folder path to the BT4 folder path you created in step 1 - click Prepare Drive
4. After the ISO file and menu.lst file has copied, click the Install grub4dos button
Press ESC to see any linux error messages whilst loading...
I suggest you download the Gnome or KDE x86 ISO file. Follow the instructions above but use the menu.lst shown below.
You can copy the contents of the DVD ISO to \BT5 folder, but keep the \.disk folder in the root and use the 3rd menu shown below.
BT5 ISO contents (highlighted = required on USB drive):
\.disk (must be in root of drive - must NOT be moved or 'Identifying CDROM' will fail)