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Monday, May 30, 2016

Qubes OS Installation issue with Virtual Box

1.    I have a habit of running most of the Operating systems in Virtual Environment(mostly Virtual Box) that I keep experimenting with.Till date I have had no issues running anyone of them inside Virtual Box including Ubuntu,Fedora ,Mint,BackBox , BackTrack ,Metasploit , Windows , Pentoo ,Knoppix ,Chromium OS, Arch Linux , Open Suse, Red Hat fact the list goes on.But whilst exploring the QUBES OS today...I found the Virtual Box unable to run it...and always getting the following screens :

2.   Qubes is a security-oriented operating system (OS) and an extract from the installation advise is shown below : 

Extract produced below :

Note: We don’t recommend installing Qubes in a virtual machine! It will likely not work. Please don’t send emails asking about it. You can, however, install it on an external USB hard drive and run from it, at least for testing.

3.  But further to my surprise,I found via Google searches that this OS works fine with VMWare workstation player.And after I tried it,I found it works perfectly fine as I show it in my next post.I though couldn't find a resolve or any kind of solution to run it fine on the Virtual Box but then till the time VMware workstation performs the task,I am ok :-)

VMware Workstation Player installation @UBUNTU 16.04 LTS

 1.    VMware Workstation Player is a virtualization software package for x64 computers running Microsoft Windows or Linux, supplied free of charge by VMware, Inc. VMware Player can run existing virtual appliances and create its own virtual machines and uses the same virtualization core as VMware Workstation, a similar program with more features, but not free of charge. VMware Player is available for personal non-commercial use, or for distribution or other use by written agreement. VMware, Inc. does not formally support Player, but there is an active community website for discussing and resolving issues, and a knowledge base.

2.   This post brings out few steps with screenshots and source details of download for the VMWare workstation version for Linux. The bundle package can be downloaded at

3.   The file I downloaded from the above link is 


4.   Few steps to install this file further involves going to the terminal and executing the following commands :

chmod a+x VMware-Player-12.1.1-3770994.x86_64.bundle

the next step

sudo ./VMware-Player-12.1.1-3770994.x86_64.bundle

 this is followed with the following gui shots :

Ready to roll..........

BackBox Linux 4.5 : Running Live@ The latest release

1.   BackBox Linux is a penetration testing and security assessment oriented Linux distribution providing a network and systems analysis toolkit. It includes some of the most commonly known/used security and analysis tools, aiming for a wide spread of goals, ranging from web application analysis to network analysis, stress tests, sniffing, vulnerability assessment, computer forensic analysis, automotive and exploitation. It has been built on Ubuntu core system yet fully customized, designed to be one of the best Penetration testing and security distribution and more.

2.    The BackBox Team has recently announced the updated release of BackBox Linux, the version 4.5!.In this release few special new features have been included to keep BackBox up to date with last developments in security world. Tools such as OpenVAS and Automotive Analysis will make a big difference. BackBox 4.5 comes also with Kernel 4.2.The ISO images (32bit & 64bit) can be downloaded from the following location:

3.    The post gives u an overall view of running live image with screen shots as seen whilst installing in Virtual Box.

 Here is seen the first view of the distro image as it runs live :
 Drop downs with menu offered seen in below screen shots :

What's new
- Preinstalled Linux Kernel 4.2
- System improvements
- Upstream components
- Bug corrections
- Performance boost
- Improved Anonymous mode
- Predisposition to BackBox Cloud platform
- New and updated hacking tools: wpscan, knockpy, nmap, zaproxy, set, guymanager, sqlmap, apktool, hashcat, can-utils, binwalk, openvas, phishing-frenzy, etc.

System requirements
- 32-bit or 64-bit processor
- 512 MB of system memory (RAM)
- 10 GB of disk space for installation
- Graphics card capable of 800×600 resolution
- DVD-ROM drive or USB port (2 GB)

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Upgrading to Xenial Xerus 16.04 LTS Ubuntu from 15.10 : 3 Steps

1.   While most of us might already be satisfactorily running the Ubuntu 15.10 version, now when the LTS version is out,I am sharing here few steps to smoothly upgrade to the 16.04 LTS Version that's Xenial Xerus.


Check the present state of your OS if it is updated or not.
 Click on Install updates to ensure that you see the message System Up-to-Date
Step 2

- Open “Software & Updates” in Settings.
- Select the “Updates” tab in the window.
- Checkbox Pre-released updates as seen below in the shot below :
- Check “Notify me of a new Ubuntu version” to “For any new version”

 Step 3

Type the following command at the Terminal : sudo do-release-upgrade

 ...the following screens are seen whilst the upgrade.It takes about a while depending on your internet speed.Just wait till you see a message asking for reboot.
 Confirmation as seen below :