Security related Operating Systems

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Maintained

OS Based on Description Link
Alpine Linux Independent minimalist Alpine Linux
BackBox Ubuntu penetration testing and security lab BackBox
BlackArch Linux ArchLinux penetration testing and security lab BlackArch Linux
Bugtraq-II Blackwidow Ubuntu / Debian penetration testing and security lab Bugtraq-II Blackwidow
CAINE Ubuntu digital forensics CAINE
Cyborg Essentials Debian penetration testing and security lab Cyborg Essentials
Cyborg Hawk Linux Ubuntu penetration testing and security lab Cyborg Hawk Linux
DEFT Ubuntu digital forensics DEFT
DracOS Linux From Scratch penetration testing and security lab DracOS
Fedora Security Lab Fedora penetration testing and security lab Fedora Security Lab
Kali Linux Debian penetration testing and security lab Kali Linux
Knoppix Debian penetration testing and security lab Knoppix
Linux Kodachi Debian privacy and anonymity Linux Kodachi
Matriux Debian penetration testing and security lab Matriux
NodeZero Ubuntu penetration testing and security lab NodeZero
NST Fedora network security monitoring and analysis NST
Parrot Security OS Debian penetration testing and security lab Parrot Security OS
Pentoo Gentoo penetration testing and security lab Pentoo
Qubes OS Fedora security by compartmentalization (VM) Qubes OS
REMnux Debian malware analysts and reverse-engineering REMnux
Security Onion Ubuntu network security monitoring and analysis Security Onion
Subgraph OS Debian security by compartmentalization (container) Subgraph OS
Tails Debian privacy and anonymity Tails
TENS Thinstation privacy and stealth TENS
URIX OS openSUSE penetration testing, security lab and security-focused URIX OS
WEAKERTHAN Linux Debian penetration testing and security lab WEAKERTHAN Linux
Whonix Debian privacy and anonymity Whonix
Wifislax Slackware penetration testing and security lab Wifislax

No more maintained

OS Based on Description Link
Blackbuntu Ubuntu penetration testing and security lab Blackbuntu
GnackTrack Ubuntu penetration testing and security lab GnackTrack
Live Hacking Ubuntu penetration testing and security lab Live Hacking
STD Debian penetration testing and security lab STD

Project transfered

  • ArchAssault is now BlackArch Linux
  • Backtrack is now Kali Linux
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