Installing BackTrack 4 on to an old laptop is easy. Boot from the CD, then run the install.sh script on the Backtrack desktop.
Now as a Windows Admin, I have to updated everything. I have no choice, otherwise my MCSE status is revoked.
Once you have logged in to the laptop, plugged it in to LAN connection and are then faced the $ promp:
This starts the networking manager (wicd) and will kick off DHCP, then to the updating of the OS and core BackTrack components.This includes a whole heap of the tools.
From the Offensive security blog
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install -d linux-image
sudo dpkg -i –force-all linux-image-18.104.22.168_22.214.171.124-10.00.Custom_i386.deb
sudo apt-get dist-upgrade
UPDATE: something appears broken in the update in postgresql-8.3
Errors were encountered while processing:
E: Sub-process /usr/bin/dpkg returned an error code (1)
Full credits to Dave for posting this fix:
make-ssl-cert generate-default-snakeoil –force-overwrite
Everything is happy again, back to the install -
sudo apt-get install madwifi-drivers
sudo apt-get install r8187-drivers
Sudo shutdown -r now
sudo fix-splash (This fixes the boot up screen to have the pretty BackTrack border)
NOTE there are two dashes (-) in front of the force all switch, if you don’t put in two dashes, it gives you a nasty error message.
This little lot is about 400mb in downloads.
Then type startx at the $ prompt to get back to the safe and comforting Windows environment – phew.
Now, I like all the shiny tools in MetaSploit and frankly want to have them all now, regardless if I can use them.
So from a terminal console window
$ sudo svn update
Then in to Firefox
Tools – AddOns and Find Updates
The only annoying thing is there is an old version of Wireshark which does not want to be updated. Will work on that.