BackTrack is a very useful security distribution for various hacks (pentests, rev eng, audit, ...).
Best way to install is to have it on a USB key and boot from it.
Here are a few problems I encountered with BackTrack 3 and their accompanying solutions.
TOR is included in BT3 but lacks some components, ie tsocks. Here is how to fix it:
1. First compile tsocks
wget 'http://downloads.sourceforge.net/tsocks/tsocks-1.8beta5.tar.gz?modtime=1035331200&big_mirror=0' tar zxvf tsocks-1.8beta5.tar.gz cd tsocks-1.8 ./configure make make install cd .. hash -r
2. Fix some links
ln -s /lib/libtsocks.so /usr/lib/libtsocks.so
3. Check your setup by connecting to a server where you have access and check if the origin is coming from a non-known IP
netstat -anp | grep <YOUR_IP>
Preservation & Persistance
When you do some system changes, you may want to have them always loaded by default during the next BT3 boot, so before rebooting you need to type this command:
dir2lzm "/mnt/live/memory/changes/" "/mnt/sda1/BT3/modules/changes.lzm"