The 5th beta of Parrot Security OS 4.8 is ready for testing

Parrot OS

Parrot Security OS developers unveiled Few days ago releasing the new beta version of what will be the next stable version of Parrot Security OS 4.8Even though a long delay has passed since the release of Parrot OS 4.7 and all ethical hackers and pentesters are eagerly awaiting the latest updates and new features for the upcoming Parrot OS 4.8.

And is that developers report that they have been overdue with the launches and development of the distribution because they are working together on a total redesign, Besides that they are working on a migration to Docker-compose, they also mention that they have a new gitlab instance, a new mirror redirection, etc.

About Parrot OS

For those readers who still do not know the distribution I can tell you that Parrot Security is a Debian-based Linux distribution developed by the Frozenbox Team and this distro has a focus on computer security.

It designed for penetration testing, vulnerability assessment and analysis, computer forensics, anonymous web browsing, and practicing cryptography.

Parrot OS is intended to provide testing tools for penetration testing equipped with different types of tools for the user to test in their laboratory. Parrot is based on Debian's stretch branch, with a custom Linux kernel and following a mobile release development model.

The desktop environment used by the Linux Parrot OS distribution is MATE and the default display manager is LightDM.

Parrot positions itself as a portable laboratory with an environment for security experts and forensic scientists, focusing on tools for verifying cloud systems and Internet devices.

The structure also includes cryptographic tools and programs to provide secure network access, including TOR, I2P, anonsurf, gpg, tccf, zulucrypt, veracrypt, truecrypt, and luks.

What's new in the Parrot Security OS 4.8 beta?

As we mentioned at the beginning in the development of this beta version, Parrot OS developers continue to work on redesigning the entire infrastructure and switch to a new GitLab instance and Docker-compose to automate and configure new applications effectively.

With the release of this new beta version of the distribution some important changes are mentioned within the system packaging. It is mentioned that are removed from the system the packages KeePassX (not many people use it), Shotwell (does not work well for all image formats Eye of mate does better), Rhythmbox (they mention that vlc is enough) and vinegar (It is changed to remmina since it supports more protocols), with which now users who are interested in being able to use them must install them separately.

It is also mentioned cleaning some packages (thubderbird, rhythmbox, shotwell, libreoffice base, math, etc.), with which the size of the system images were reduced. The home edition is now 1.6g instead of 2gb and the security edition is 3.9gb instead of 4.1gb.

Moreover, it is mentioned that the installer can only put everything on one partition, hiding all other automatic partitioning layouts. In other words, the partition separated from the boot is deleted.

With this, now it is not necessary to create a boot folder to access a restricted or encrypted partition, since grub2 supports the full btrfs file system with zstd compression.

Finally, if you want to know more about this beta version or be informed about the development and the changes that are being made, you can follow him In the following link.

Download and test the beta of Parrot OS 4.8

For those who are interested in being able to download this new version of the distribution can go directly to the website project officer in which in your download section you can find the image of the system.

The link is this.

You can save the image with the help of Etcher on a USB.


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  1.   Edd said

    Great, wait for version 4.8
    At the moment I have it in a virtual machine (version 4.6), but little by little I think I will implement it in a partition on my computer.