mic_888 · May 18, 2011 at 03:00 am

BackTrack 5 For Android Smartphones

For those of you not familiar with BackTrack, it’s a GNU/Linux distribution that is used for security testing providing users with a wide range of tools from port scanners to password crackers.

XDA forum member msullivan is so keen on BackTrack that he has posted an Android build from XDA member anantshri who built the base image.

The OS is fully Ubuntu-based so it is possible to run it like a desktop, including running Firefox and other Linux applications. Other features of BackTrack 5 include being able to do advanced network scans right from your Android device via WiFi, no laptop required.

In theory the build posted, should be universal, so to try it out, head on over to the forum thread and download the zip.

BackTrack 5 for Android requires root access.

Please note that this is not a native client and is based on the chroot and VNC method that has been used to get Ubuntu running with Android and is very unstable. The project is not supported, and requires some technical skills including Linux knowledge.


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mic_888 is an editor on XDA-Developers, the largest community for Android users. I've been around XDA since 2007 when I bought the HTC Touch, well things have moved on a lot since then, and I've tried my hand at developing for WM and Android (still learning), but wanted to contribute more by becoming a News Writer for XDA. I write mainly Android articles, and some Windows Mobile. We're always sifting through the masses of threads for front page news, but do let me or the other guys know if you think anything is newsworthy including any breaking news! View mic_888's posts and articles here.
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