Parrot Security OS is an operating system developed by Frozenbox Network and designed to perform security and penetration tests, do forensic analisys or be anonymous on the web. Parrot Security uses a the Mate Desktop environment which is a nice change of pace. This is a Debian-based distribution similar in look and feel to Kali Linux because the crew at Frozen Network started with the Kali repository. This is a quick booting distro and runs well from a live CD as well. I took the liberty of installing this on a virutalbox VM for further testing with other distro’s. Here are some screen shots of Parrot.
Much like pentoo and Kali it has the most often used apps listed for easy access
It wouldn’t be a good pentest distro with out MetaSploit. Once you install Parrot make sure to update the MetaSploit framework.
Another nice tool is Penmode 2. This is great for beginners because its got a lot of stuff built into one simple gui
Burp Suite is another great website security testing tool
Ophcrack is also installed which is great when you need to pop a password on a windows box. Old school I know… mimikatz is a lot easier if someone is logged in already.
Bleachbit is a nice touch
As is GParted. If it’s not installed that is usually one I install rather quickly… I realize its not necessarily security related but I use it all the time.
In summary I would say that Parrot has a great look and feel. It pretty much has everything you need out of the box to do pentesting, security assessment or forensics auditing in general. Check it out and let me know what you think in the comments section below.
Edited to add – Version 1.0 is out… check out more here
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