Preparing The Next Release of REMnux Distro

Update: REMnux v3 is out!

I’m preparing the next release of the REMnux Linux distribution. REMnux is a lightweight Linux distribution for assisting malware analysts in reverse-engineering malicious software. To date, the distro has been downloaded about 20,000 times in its live CD and virtual appliance forms.

I expect the new REMnux release (version 3) to incorporate the following major changes, while remaining mostly backwards-compatible with prior releases:

  • Based on the latest version of Ubuntu (11.10)
  • Use a more full-featured X desktop environment (LXDE instead of Enlightenment)
  • Use a more common IRC client (EPIC instead of Irssi)
  • Incorporate the latest version of Volatility memory analysis software and plugins (2.0 instead of 1.4 RC 1)
  • I’m still deciding whether to include the Wine Windows emulator at the “cost” of about 400MB)
  • Include several additional malware analysis tools that I’ve been experimenting with

If you’d like to assist with the REMnux v3 effort, please get in touch with me. Here’s where I need help:

  • Tell me if you’d like to test a beta release of REMnux v3 when it becomes available
  • Share with me your recommendations for improving REMnux, if you’re a current user of this distro
  • Let me know if you’d like to fine-tune the user interface of the new release, so it’s more user-friendly
  • Drop me a note if you’d like to suggest that I include a tool related to malware analysis that isn’t already in REMnux

You can get in touch with me by email or Twitter.

Lenny Zeltser

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About the Author

Lenny Zeltser is a seasoned business and technology leader with extensive information security experience. He presently oversees the financial success and expansion of infosec services and SaaS products at NCR. He also trains incident response and digital forensics professionals at SANS Institute. Lenny frequently speaks at industry events, writes articles and has co-authored books. He has earned the prestigious GIAC Security Expert designation, has an MBA from MIT Sloan and a Computer Science degree from the University of Pennsylvania.

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