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The Parrot Security team have announced a new update to their Debian-based, security and penetration testing distribution. The new release, Parrot Security OS 3.7, introduces mostly small improvements and fresh package versions, compliments of Debian's Testing branch: "Of course the release of Debian 9 as the new Stable branch brought many important changes in Debian, but for those distributions based on Debian Testing, the main change was the introduction of many many updated packages that remained locked in the Unstable branch because of the pre-release testing freeze. We decided to not introduce significant changes on our side in this new release, and we just wanted to focus on making existing things better. The most evident change is the introduction of the ARC theme, while also the auto-updater received an important change to show the progress of system upgrades. The old Linux 4.9 kernel was replaced with the new 4.11 branch, and this introduced a better support for many devices." Further details can be found in the project's release notes. Download: Parrot-full-3.7_amd64.iso (3,593MB, SHA256, torrent, pkglist).
Parrot Security OS is a Debian-based, security-oriented distribution featuring a collection of utilities designed for penetration testing, computer forensics, reverse engineering, hacking, privacy, anonymity and cryptography. The product, developed by Frozenbox, comes with MATE as the default desktop environment.
Lorenzo Faletra has announced the release of Parrot Security OS 3.6, an updated build of the project's Debian-based specialist distribution featuring useful tools for penetration testing, forensic analysis, hacking, privacy, anonymity and cryptography: "After some months of hard work we were finally able to release Parrot Security OS 3.6. In this new version we didn't want to introduce new features and functionalities; we have worked instead on making the existing environment better, more reliable and less memory-hungry by applying many minor fixes to our build platform and packages and by tuning our startup daemons management system (Parrot 3.6 'Lite' 32-bit can use less than 200 MB of RAM). Anonsurf was improved too, and now the section dedicated to anonymity and privacy is very reliable and well tested, and some nightmares of the previous Anonsurf versions now belong to the past. We also wanted to give more attention to our 'Lite' and 'Studio' editions." Read the rest of the release announcement for more information. Download: Parrot-full-3.6_amd64.iso (3,345MB, SHA512, pkglist).
Lorenzo Faletra has announced the release of Parrot Security OS 3.5, the latest update of the Debian-based distribution providing an array of specialist tools for penetration testing and computer forensics: "I am proud to announce the official release of the new Parrot 3.5 ISO files. This update took a lot of time (2 months) as we have not only updated and tested many packages from Debian, but we also tried to play with some new features and dropped some old and obsolete ones. This new release will no longer include all those old packages that did not meet the Debian standards, and of course we also removed the old and discontinued GtkDialog, that forced us to remove some other softwares built on top of it. On a brighter note, native VirtualBox and VMware guest support is now included by default. The Linux kernel was updated to the latest 4.9.13 release and we are waiting for Debian to finish the 'debianization' of Linux kernel 4.10 to start working on our patches for it." Continue to the release announcement for further details. Download the "Full" live DVD image from SourceForge: Parrot-full-3.5_amd64.iso (3,264MB, SHA512, pkglist).
Lorenzo Faletra has announced the release of Parrot Security OS 3.3, a new release of the project's Debian-based, specialist distribution with a collection of utilities designed for penetration testing, computer forensics, reverse engineering, hacking, privacy and cryptography: "Parrot 3.3 released. We are sorry for all the silence behind our development process these days, but we were secretly working on two main projects, the perfect plan to conquer the world and the new Parrot 3.3 release which fixes many minor but unpleasant bugs and introduces many many updates. This release is not a definitive goal; it is just a working snapshot of the bigger work we are doing for parrot 3.4 that will be released very soon. Changelog: include Linux 4.8 kernel; fix touchpad and multitouch support; fix mismatching kernel installer; update anonsurf; fix minor MATE bugs; include GCC 6.2; update Metasploit Framework to 4.13; switch to PHP 7; upgrade most of the tools to their latest versions." See the release announcement and changelog for more details. As always, Parrot Security OS is available in several editions; a quick link to "Full" variant: Parrot-full-3.3_amd64.iso (3,565MB, SHA512, pkglist).
Lorenzo Faletra has announced the release of Parrot Security OS 3.2, the latest release of the project's specialist distribution, based on Debian's "Testing" branch, featuring tools for penetration testing, computer forensics, reverse engineering, hacking, privacy and cryptography: "We have finished all the work on Parrot 3.2 and we are now proud to announce its official release. This new version comes after a long while due to some buggy packages in the Debian 'Testing' repository that we were forced to fix on our own (it's about the latest GTK+ updates that broke the MATE interface). We wanted this release to be just an improved version of the past release, but we were able to introduce some new interesting features, a new Linux 4.7 kernel, a more accurate set of pre-installed software and a more comfortable but familiar environment. We are also happy to welcome the University of Crete as a new mirror provider." Here is the brief release announcement. Parrot Security OS 3.2 is available in several specialist editions; here is a link to the "Full" flavour: Parrot-full-3.2_amd64.iso (3,657MB, SHA512, pkglist).
Lorenzo Faletra has announced the release of Parrot Security OS 3.1, an updated version of the Debian-based distribution featuring a set of utilities for penetration testing, computer forensics, reverse engineering, hacking, privacy and cryptography. This new version, released barely six weeks after the 3.0 build, comes with the following changes: "many tools updates; switch from MySQL to MariaDB; include PHP 7 support; include stability improvements; update parrot-core, parrot-menu; update parrot tools selection to include new tools; fix systemd workarounds; fix icon theme; upgrade to Linux kernel 4.6; update support for GCC 4.8.5, 4.9.3, 5.4.0 and 6.1.1; update support for CLANG 3.6 and 3.8; update driver support; include QT-Creator 4.0.2; include Qt framework 5.6.1; fix apt-parrot mirror selection system; modify tasksel to include Parrot flavours; upgrade to zuluCrypt 5.0; upgrade to Anonsurf 2.1; include Tor Browser launcher; fix noscript plugin and Firefox launchers; Conky removed (waiting to fix the theme)." Parrot Security OS 3.1 is available from SourceForge in several flavours; here is a quick link to the "Full" edition: Parrot-full-3.1.1_amd64.iso (3,749MB, SHA512, pkglist).
Parrot Security OS 3.0 has been released. Parrot Security OS is a Debian-based distribution featuring a collection of tools designed for penetration testing, computer forensics, reverse engineering, hacking, privacy and cryptography. There is no release announcement about the project's major new release, but this features page provides useful information about the product: "'Forensic' boot option to avoid boot automounts; most famous digital forensic tools and frameworks out of the box; reliable acquisition and imaging tools; top-class analysis software; evidence management and reporting tools; disabled automount; software blockdev write protection system; custom anti-forensic tools; custom interfaces for GPG; custom interfaces for cryptsetup; support for LUKS, Truecrypt and VeraCrypt; NUKE patch for cryptsetup LUKS disks; encrypted system installation; AnonSurf; entire system anonymization; Tor and I2P out of the box; DNS requests anonymization...." The Parrot Security OS 3.0.1 live DVD image is available for download from SourceForge: Parrot-full-3.0.1_amd64.iso (3,703MB, MD5, pkglist).
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