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Fedora Security Spin


  • To provide a fully functional livecd based on Fedora for use in security auditing, forensics, and penetration testing.
  • Tentatively becoming an official Fedora Spin by Fedora 12 Release


  • All of the security features and tools Fedora has to offer
  • Ability to install directly to hard disk or usb drives
  • Read-write rootfs so it's possible to install software while the livecd is running
  • Minimal openbox desktop, with a customized menu (Screenshot)

Spinning your own

Follow the Development Process on Security Lab


You can help with this project by writing RPMS for packages in the Wishlist, reviewing existing new package reports, tweaking the livecd configuration, among many other things.

Send patches, suggestions, etc to User:Lmacken.





The following packages currently exist in Fedora and are on the Security LiveCD.

Software Description
ettercap Ettercap is a suite for man in the middle attacks on LAN. It features sniffing of live connections, content filtering on the fly and many other interesting tricks. It supports active and passive dissection of many protocols (even ciphered ones) and includes many feature for network and host analysis.
dsniff dsniff is a collection of tools for network auditing and penetration testing.
hping3 TCP/IP stack auditing and much more
iptraf IPTraf is a console-based network monitoring utility.
nc6 Netcat with IPv6 Support
nc Reads and writes data across network connections using TCP or UDP
nessus Remote vulnerability scanner
ngrep Network layer grep tool
nmap Network exploration tool and security scanner
p0f Versatile passive OS fingerprinting tool
scanssh Fast SSH server and open proxy scanner
socat Bidirectional data relay between two data channels ('netcat++')
tcpdump A network traffic monitoring tool
tiger Security auditing on UNIX systems
wireshark Network traffic analyzer
xprobe2 An active operating system fingerprinting tool
nbtscan Tool to gather NetBIOS info from Windows networks
tcpxtract Tool for extracting files from network traffic based on file signatures
firewalk Firewalk is an active reconnaissance network security tool that attempts to determine what layer 4 protocols a given IP forwarding device will pass.
examiner The Examiner is an application that utilizes the objdump command to disassemble and comment foreign executable binaries
hunt Tool for demonstrating well known weaknesses in the TCP/IP protocol suite
Lynis Security and system auditing tool
halberd Tool to discover HTTP load balancers
argus Argus is a fixed-model Real Time Flow Monitor designed to track and report on the status and performance of all network transactions seen in a data network traffic stream.
pcapdiff Compares packet captures, detects forged, dropped or mangled packets
picviz Picviz is a parallel coordinates plotter which enables easy scripting from various input (tcpdump, syslog, iptables logs, apache logs, etc..) to visualize your data and discover interesting results quickly. Its primary goal is to graph data in order to be able to quickly analyze problems and find correlations among variables. With security analysis in mind, the program has been designed to be very flexible, able to graph millions of events. The language is designed to be close to the graphviz graph description language.
etherape EtherApe is a graphical network monitor modeled after etherman.
chkrootkit Tool to locally check for signs of a rootkit
Unhide tool for searching hidden processes
clamav Clam Antivirus
dc3dd Patched version of GNU dd for use in computer forensics
dd_rescue Fault tolerant "dd" utility for rescuing data from bad media
sleuthkit The Sleuth Kit (TSK) is a collection of UNIX-based command line tools that allow you to investigate a computer. The current focus of the tools is the file and volume systems and TSK supports FAT, Ext2/3, NTFS, UFS, and ISO 9660 file systems
gpart A program for recovering corrupt partition tables
hexedit A hexadecimal file viewer and editor
prelude Log analyzer
testdisk Tool to check and undelete partition
foremost Recover files by "carving" them from a raw disk
sectool A security audit system and intrusion detection system
rkhunter A host-based tool to scan for rootkits, backdoors and local exploits
scanmem scanmem is a simple interactive debugging utility, used to locate the address of a variable in an executing process. This can be used for the analysis or modification of a hostile process on a compromised machine, reverse engineering, or as a "pokefinder" to cheat at video games.
aircrack-ng aircrack is an 802.11 WEP and WPA-PSK keys cracking program that can recover keys once enough data packets have been captured.
airsnort Wireless LAN (WLAN) tool which recovers encryption keys
kismet WLAN detector, sniffer and IDS
Code Analysis
pscan Limited problem scanner for C source files
splint A tool for statically checking C programs for coding errors and security vulnerabilities
rats RATS scans through code, finding potentially dangerous function calls. The goal of this tool is not to definitively find bugs (yet). The current goal is to provide a reasonable starting point for performing manual security audits. The initial vulnerability database is taken directly from things that could be easily found when starting with the forthcoming book, "Building Secure Software" by Viega and McGraw.
flawfinder Examines C/C++ source code for security flaws
Intrusion Detection
aide Intrusion detection environment
prewikka Graphical front-end analysis console for the Prelude Hybrid IDS Framework
prelude-manager Prelude Manager is the main program of the Prelude Hybrid IDS suite. It is a multithreaded server which handles connections from the Prelude sensors. It is able to register local or remote sensors, let the operator configure them remotely, receive alerts, and store alerts in a database or any format supported by reporting plugins, thus providing centralized logging and analysis. It also provides relaying capabilities for failover and replication. The IDMEF standard is used for alert representation. Support for filtering plugins allows you to hook in different places in the Manager to define custom criteria for alert relaying and logging.
prelude-notify Prelude-notify is a desktop oriented application that works as a monitoring tool that capture events from prelude manager using the prelude connection pool event checker. Its purpose is to help security managers and/or administrators to see in real time what's going on in their network.
snort Intrusion detection system
tripwire IDS (Intrusion Detection System)
labrea Intrusion detection "sticky" honey pot technology using virtual servers to detect and trap worms, hackers, and other malware.
pads PADS is a libpcap based detection engine used to passively detect network assets. It is designed to complement IDS technology by providing context to IDS alerts. When new assets are found, it can send IDMEF alerts via prelude.
honeyd Honeyd is a small daemon that creates virtual hosts on a network. The hosts can be configured to run arbitrary services, and their TCP personality can be adapted so that they appear to be running certain versions of operating systems. Honeyd enables a single host to claim multiple addresses on a LAN for network simulation.
Nebula Intrusion signature generator
Password Tools
john John the Ripper password cracker
ophcrack Ophcrack is a free Windows password cracker based on rainbow tables.
tor Anonymizing overlay network for TCP (The onion router)


Note: the software listed below has not yet been verified to make sure the licenses meet our Guidelines . Please see the NewPackageProcess to help get these packages into Fedora.

Software Description Notes
airsnarf A rogue AP setup utility
apf PF is a policy based iptables firewall system designed for ease of use and configuration Packager unfriendly. Upstream contacted with no response
autopsy The Autopsy Forensic Browser is a graphical interface to the command line digital investigation tools in The Sleuth Kit. Under review (Bug #487067)
cryptcat Cryptcat is the standard netcat enhanced with twofish encryption. kashyapc is looking this
hydra A very fast network logon cracker which support many different services Under review (#Bug 461385)
iisemulator The goal of this project is to create a functioning web server which is indistinguishable from Microsoft's IIS product at a topical level.
metasploit The Metasploit Framework is an advanced open-source platform for developing, testing, and using exploit code.
tct Tools for analyzing a system after a break-in Deprecated (See TSK above)
cowpatty Audit Wpa pre-shared keys Under review (#Bug 231011)
sdd 'sdd' is a replacement for a program called 'dd'. sdd is much faster than dd in cases where input block size (ibs) is not equal to the output block size (obs). Statistics are more easily understoon than those from 'dd'. Timing available, -time option will print transfer speed Timing & Statistics available at any time with SIGQUIT (^\) Can seek on input and output Fast null input Fast null output. Support for the RMT (Remote Tape Server) protocol makes remote I/O fast and easy. rakesh (looking at it, needs smake for build)
TrueCrypt Free open-source disk encryption software for Windows Vista/XP/2000 and Linux Questionable license. See this thread for more details.
arpon ArpON (Arp handler inspectiON) is a portable handler daemon with some nice tools to handle all ARP aspects. zer0c00l will do it
OpenVAS The Open Vulnerability Assessment System is a network security scanner with associated tools like a graphical user front-end. The core component is a server with a set of network vulnerability tests (NVTs) to detect security problems in remote systems and applications. huzaifas will do it
SARA Security Auditor's Research Assistant rakesh doing
SiLK Security analysis tool for network developed by CERT
ArpON Detects and blocks all ARP poisoning/spoofing attacks.
Bh (Beholder) IDS for wireless networks. rakesh (dropped mail to author for license queries)
Distack Framework for attack detection which allows for an integration of various detection methods as lightweight modules. AnkurSinha is working on this
Ttyrpld Multi-os kernel-level tty logger
Vidalia controller-GUI for Tor available in Fedora >=10