The main intent of developing this toolkit was to provide the network security administrator with a comprehensive set of open source network security tools. What we find rather fascinating with NST is that we can transform most x86 systems (Pentium II and above) into a system designed for network traffic analysis, intrusion detection, network packet generation, wireless network monitoring, a virtual system service server, or a sophisticated network/host scanner.
Many tasks that can be performed within NST are available through a web interface called NST WUI. Among the tools that can be used through this interface are nmap with the vizualization tool ZenMap, ntop, a session manager for VNC, a minicom-based terminal server, serial port monitoring, and WPA PSK management.
Updates (via Distrowatch):
Paul Blankenbaker has announced the release of Network Security Toolkit (NST) 2.15.0, a Fedora-based live DVD featuring a collection of best-of-breed open-source network security applications: "We are pleased to announce the latest NST release, version 2.15.0. This release is based on Fedora 15 using Linux kernel 2.6.40, re-based from latest Linux kernel 3.0. Here are some of the highlights for this release: developed a new interactive dynamic SVG/AJAX enabled network interface bandwidth monitor application that is integrated into the NST WUI for monitoring pseudo real-time network bandwidth rates; added NST RPM packages and NST WUI integration for the Open Vulnerability Assessment Scanner (OpenVAS) and Greenbone security tools; added an NST RPM package for IPv6 network security investigation...."
Continue reading the release announcement for a complete list of improvements.
Download: nst-2.15.0-2515.i686.iso (1,328MB, MD5).
• 2011-08-10: Distribution Release: Network Security Toolkit 2.15.0
• 2010-10-07: Distribution Release: Network Security Toolkit 2.13.0
• 2009-09-23: Distribution Release: Network Security Toolkit 2.11.0
• 2009-01-09: Distribution Release: Network Security Toolkit 1.8.1
• 2008-06-29: Distribution Release: Network Security Toolkit 1.8.0
• 2007-02-13: Distribution Release: Network Security Toolkit 1.5.0
- Created a framework for geolocating network entities with NST.
- Manage and configure the geolocation methods and database repositories.
- Geolocate hosts discovered by ntop. These hosts can be plotted on a world map as a bitmap image or viewed in Google Earth with supporting network traffic information for each host detected.
- Geolocate IPv4 Address Conversations from a network packet capture. These conversations can be displayed on a world map as a bitmap image or viewed in Google Earth. This can be done from the NST WUI Single or Multi-Tap Network Packet Capture decode page.
- Manage, view and schedule geolocated information using the NST WUI.
- The NST WUI can be used to geolocate traceroute information. The results can be viewed using Google Earth.
- The NST WUI can be used to geolocate data collected by Kismet and the results can be viewed in Google Earth.
- The NST WUI can be used to quickly setup and manage Subversion (SVN) repositories. Each with a corresponding Trac Wiki.
- This release includes both NST 32 bit (i686) and 64 bit (x86_64) builds as well as an NST 32 bit and 64 bit RPM repository.
- Many new applications have been added to this distribution release. Previous existing networking and security applications have been updated to their latest revision.