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Whoppix: Knoppix for H4x0rs

Posted: June 12th, 2005 | Author: | Filed under: Linux, Open Source | 16 Comments »

Whoppix is a Knoppix-based (which is in turn Debian-based) Live-CD with lots of, um, “penetration testing” tools included. It’s a heavier weight distro with a lot more tools than PHLAK, but what really amazed me was that my Linksys WPC11 worked just fine with Whoppix. I currently use my internal Broadcomm wireless with NDISWrapper, but I’ve been trying off and on to get the PCMCIA card working so that I have options.

I’m a hardcore Gnome guy as of late, thanks to the wonders of Ubuntu, which does an amazing job of putting a lot of stuff in the “just works” category while getting out of my way. It had been awhile since I had taken a look at KDE, and I’ve got to say that the latest release looks good, though I’m still going to stick with utilitarianism over candy coated widgets.

I will probably use my experience with Whoppix to motivate me to try the latest kernel to see it I can get my WPC11 working with my HP ze4430us laptop under Ubuntu. Currently my WPC11 is like a magic key that brings my system to a complete halt when I plug it in. I will definitely be keeping a copy of Whoppix in my bag though, as it has tons of great tools that can be very useful when doing penetration testing of in-house stuff.


16 Comments on “Whoppix: Knoppix for H4x0rs”

  1. 1 Don said at 11:37 pm on June 13th, 2005:

    I just got my WPC11 v3 working with Ubuntu by upgrading the firmware. The card worked fine in my IBM T41p with Hoary, but gacked on my Dell Inspiron 5000. After the upgrade it seems work nicely in the Dell.

    Basic instruction:
    * Boot to XP (ugh)
    * Install the Linksys v2.5 Driver with the 3.0 card from Linksys
    – right clicking on the inf file seemed to do the trick
    * Insert WPC11 into the computer
    * Use winupdate to load the new firmware

    For more info see

    btw: kde for Ubuntu is really nice (apt-get install kubuntu-desktop)

  2. 2 Don said at 11:39 pm on June 13th, 2005:

    Links with info about reflashing WPC11…

    http://linux.junsun.net/intersil-prism/
    http://linux.junsun.net/intersil-prism/stories/20031222_Davin_M_Potts-WPC11-v3.txt

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    really i am was so amazed when see whoppix-cracking_wep_in_10_mintues.avi movie .

    i am new to linux , if u can give me the shortest time how to become
    professional at whoppix with little knowledge at linux operating system

    thank you very much

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