The Network Security Toolkit is the brainchild of Paul Blankenbaker and Ron Henderson and is a Linux distribution that includes a vast collection of best-of-breed open source network security applications useful to the network security professional. The Network Security Toolkit (NST) is a Linux-based Live DVD/USB Flash Drive that provides a set of open source computer security and networking tools to perform routine security and networking diagnostic and monitoring tasks. The distribution can be used as a network security analysis, validation and monitoring tool on servers hosting virtual machines. The majority of tools published in the article "Top 125 security tools" by Insecure.org are available in the toolkit. NST has package management capabilities similar to Fedora and maintains its own repository of additional packages.he new version of NST was released June 5 and according to the NST Web site, this release includes:
- A Enterprise class patch management system for NST WUI updates and system file patches and updates.
- A new nstvmware script to facilitate the use of NST within a VMware virtual machine.
- The inclusion of the VMware Tools and modules to optimize the NST performance within a VMware virtual machine.
- Many new enhancements to the NST WUI database management pages for both the MySQL and PostgreSQL database servers.
- Replaced the NST WUI network protocol anaylzer capture engine: “tethereal” with the new light-weight “dumpcap” application which is part of the new “ethereal” v0.99.0 protocol analyzer suite.
- Many networking and security applications have been updated to their latest version.
Size : 2.8 GB
The screen shots below show a run through while I installed the NST on a virtual box.
While you run the installed image for the first time,the interface will ask to create a basic user as below :