It’s about time to call the end on the last poll with 70 votes gathered so far and draw the conclusion:

The most useful skills in a pentester's arsenal?

  • Out of the box, unconventional thinking (hacker mindset) (22%, 24 Votes)
  • Constant curiosity (also hacker mindset) (19%, 21 Votes)
  • Social engineering (15%, 16 Votes)
  • Programming and scripting (13%, 14 Votes)
  • Exploit development (8%, 9 Votes)
  • Vulnerability discovery and Fuzzing (7%, 8 Votes)
  • Tool knowledge (6%, 7 Votes)
  • Domain specific knowledge (like Networking, Operating Systems or Scada apps) (6%, 7 Votes)
  • Forensics (2%, 2 Votes)

Total Voters: 70

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As it turns out, the 3 leading ones are soft skills, the ones that can’t really be learned and have much to do with personality and character. I assume this is only natural, there’s no point in having or going for the hard skills(the ones that can be learned) if there’s no motivation or direction underneath to put things in motion and more important, to keep them in motion.



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I’ve been running this poll in the sidebar for several months now, Which OS do you currently use the most? and now it’s time to close it and draw the results:

Which OS do you currently use the most?

  • Windows (51%, 57 Votes)
  • Linux (39%, 43 Votes)
  • BSD (5%, 6 Votes)
  • Mac (5%, 5 Votes)

Total Voters: 111

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The new poll:

The best pentesting distribution is?

  • Backtrack (62%, 252 Votes)
  • Other (18%, 74 Votes)
  • nUbuntu (9%, 36 Votes)
  • Network Security Toolkit (2%, 9 Votes)
  • General Knoppix (2%, 8 Votes)
  • Pentoo (2%, 7 Votes)
  • Samurai (2%, 7 Votes)
  • Helix (1%, 4 Votes)
  • STD (1%, 4 Votes)
  • INSERT (1%, 3 Votes)
  • Operator (1%, 3 Votes)

Total Voters: 412

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I only included distributions that are currently at least available for download, since many of them have been discontinued and distros like PHLAK or Auditor don’t even have a homepage anymore.

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Bookmark collection moved

I just moved my hacking collection of bookmarks from the page on this blog to the main site stuff section, since keeping here as a blog page didn’t make much sense. I’ve left a link on the upper page navigation menu though, for convenience and backwards compatibility. 🙂

PS: I also added a version number for easier version tracking. The current release is 0.3, since I’ve only updated the collection 3 times, as far as I can remember.

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