Parrot Security OS is a Debian-based OS which let’s you do forensic analysis work and also other various penetration and security test including being anonymous. As of today it uses custom Linux Kernel 4.9 and best part is it is the rolling distribution which means install it once and it updates forever – there is no point releases.
Parrot Security is developed in collaboration with Caine, one of the most important GNU/Linux distributions in the Digital Forensics world.
Parrot Security OS is hardened to not perform device auto-mounts. It also has all the tools needed to do forensic acquisitions and evidence identifications in a safe comprehensive and portable virtual lab. Not just forensic tools, it also packs powerful cryptographic front-ends to work both with symmetric and asymmetric encryption. It supports volumes encryption with LUKS, TrueCrypt, VeraCrypt and the hidden TrueCrypt/VeraCrypt volumes with nested algorythms support.
On the Privacy front, Parrot includes torbrowser, torchat and other anonymous services, like I2P, a powerful alternative to TOR. Here is a quick glance at the features of Parrot Security OS for guys in hurry.
Features of Parrot Security OS
- Based of Debian GNU/Linux 9 (stretch)
- Custom Linux 4.9 kernel
- Rolling release updates
- Hardened and isolated build environment
- High hardware compatibility
- Includes forensic and cryptographic tools
- Great for privacy – doesn’t contain tracking systems
Parrot has powerful forensic, cryptographic, and privacy tools all preloaded.
- CPU: at least 1Ghz dual core cpu
- ARCH: 32bit, 64bit and ARMhf
- RAM: minimum 384Mb – 2048Mb suggested
- GPU: No graphic acceleration required
- STORAGE lite: 8GB
- STORAGE Full: 16GB
- BOOT: Legacy bios or UEFI
Bottom Line: Parrot Security OS is for those who want a Linux OS in the lab to do those penetration and security tests, be anonymous, and to do forensic analysis work.
Interested in it? It is Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) and it comes in Lite and fully loaded ISO builds including 64-bit and 32-bit versions. You can download it from the official website.