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Linux Top 3: Debian 8.1, Sabayon 15.06 and REMnux 6.0

  • June 9, 2015
  • By Sean Michael Kerner

1) Debian 8.1


It seems like it was just yesterday (it wasn't) that Debian 8 was released. Time already for Debian devs to update and Debian 8.1 was released on June 6.


The Debian project is pleased to announce the first update of its stable distribution Debian 8 (codename "jessie"). This update mainly adds corrections for security problems to the stable release, along with a few adjustments for serious problems. Security advisories were already published separately and are referenced where available.

Please note that this update does not constitute a new version of Debian 8 but only updates some of the packages included.


2) Sabayon 15.06

Sabayon 15.06 is the latest incremental release of user-friendly desktop derivative of Gentoo Linux. Sabayon follows a monthly release cycle but 15.06 is a particularly large release for a number of reasons, including the fact that it is the first to support the Linux 4.0 kernel.


Sabayon developers have the funny habit of packaging all the latest stuff that is in the Gentoo repositories and make it available as soon as possible to our users. If you are looking for the latest KDE, GNOME or LibreOffice, the chance that "it's all in the repos already" are very high. We keep rolling 24/7, 365 days a year, because old software get us instantly bored.


3) REMnux 6.0

REMnux fits into the category of security researcher focussed Linux distributions, though it has a very specific niche. REMnux is about enabling researchers to perform analysis on malware.

REMnux v6 includes the following tools that have not been a part of the distribution in earlier releases:

    pedump, readpe.py: Statically examine properties of a Windows PE file
    virustotal-tools: Interact with the VirusTotal database from the command-line
    Nginx: Web server, which replaces Tiny HTTPD that was present on REMnux earlier
    VolDiff: Compare memory forensics images to spot changes using Volatility
    Rule Editor: Edit IOC Yara, Snort and OpenIOC rules, replacing its precursor Yara Editor
    Rekall: Memory forensics tool and framework
    m2elf: Create an ELF binary file out of shellcode
    Yara Rules: Signatures for spotting malicious characteristics in files
    OfficeDissector MASTIFF plugins: Examine Microsoft Office XML-based files using MASTIFF
    Docker: Run applications as isolated containers on the local host
    AndroGuard: Analyze suspicious Android applications
    vtTool: Determine the specimen’s malware family name by querying VirusTotal
    oletools, libolecf: Analyze Microsoft Office OLE2 files
    tcpflow: Examine network traffic and carve PCAP capture files
    passive.py: Perform passive DNS lookups using the pdns library
    CapTipper: Examine network traffic and carve PCAP capture files
    oledump: Examine suspicious Microsoft Office files
    CFR: Decompile suspicious Java class files
    update-remnux: Update the distro, upgrading its software and installing newly-added tools



Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at Linux Planet and InternetNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist

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