7 Best Security Tools In Ubuntu

Ubuntu is a computer operating system that is based on Linux/GNU, it is a free and open source operating system a free community developed it. Ubuntu is available and can be use for both desktop and server. It is easy to install and use both via flash drive or via compact disk.

Security is the main concern of our blog, so in this article we will talk about the security tools that are available on ubuntu, to install this tool open terminal Applications->Accessories->Terminal

Wireshark - Network Traffic Analyzer
A sniffer is a tool that used to capture the ingoing and outgoing traffic from a wire on a network, it it also called a packet analyser. To get Wireshark on ubuntu type:
sudo apt-get install wireshark

Nessus - Remote network security auditor
Nessus is a world class active vulnerability scanner, nessus is used for multi task such as configuration auditing, asset profiling, sensitive data discovery and vulnerability analysis of your security posture. To install Nessus on ubuntu type on terminal:
sudo apt-get install nessus

Nmap - The Network Mapper
Nmap or network mapper is a world class tool to perform network exploration and security auditing, it is a open source and freely available. Administrator also find it useful on network inventory and monitoring host on the network. It can finger print the operating system running on the desired IP. To get Nmap on ubuntu type:
sudo apt-get install nmap 

Kismet - Wireless 802.11b monitoring tool
Kismet is a wireless network detector, sniffer and intrusion detection, it is work on data link layer of OSI model. To get Kismet on ubuntu type:
sudo apt-get install kismet

Netcat - TCP/IP swiss army knife 
Netcat normally known as swiss army knife, it is used for multi purpose like monitoring of inbond and outbond traffic of TCP and UDP, DNS forward and reverse checking, port scanning etc. To get netcat on ubuntu type:
sudo apt-get install netcat 

John the Ripper

John the Ripper is a free and open source password cracker tool, it offers both brute force and dictionary attack. It is used by the administrator to find out the weak passwords. To install john in ubuntu type.

sudo apt-get install john  

Snort - Flexible Network Intrusion Detection System
Snort is network intrusion detection system, we have previously shared a article on intrusion detection click here. To install snort on ubuntu type:
sudo apt-get install snort 

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7 Best Security Tools In Ubuntu Reviewed by Ethical Hacking on 9:36 AM Rating: 5


  1. too bad at least #1-5 are old and outdated.

  2. proof in case you don't believe me ... in the maverick repositories:

    wireshark 1.2.11-4build0.10.10.1 (current: 1.4.4)
    nessus 4.2.1 (current: 4.4.1)
    nmap 5.21-1~build1 (current: 5.50)
    kismet 2008-05-R1-4.1build1 (current: 2010-07-R1)
    john (current: 1.7.6)

  3. And some security tools are not package like hydra...

  4. This is just a small list you can create your own. Although for password cracking we have added john the ripper


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