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NST Version 20-5663 Released

We are pleased to announce the latest NST release: "NST 20 SVN:5663". This release is based on Fedora 20 using Linux Kernel: "3.12.10-300.fc20". Significant effort has been devoted to bringing this release on par with Fedora 20. Starting with NST 20, the "Mate" Desktop is now the preferred desktop.

Here are some of the highlights for this release:
* Added a new drag zoom feature to the "NST Ntopng IPv4 Hosts" application. Ntopng is a network traffic probe used for high-speed web-based traffic analysis and flow collection. This drag zoom feature implements a traditional method for zooming in on a particular area of interest on Google Maps by positioning and sizing a zoom rectangle with the mouse. One can easily use this feature to zoom into an area of clustered Ntopng IPv4 Hosts for further investigation which is depicted in this Annotated Image.
* Integration of the "Mate Desktop" and the "LightDM GTK Desktop" login screen greeter are now the preferred defaults for NST.
* Added a new NST WUI page for the network utility script: "getipaddr".
* Added a new "Network Interface Renaming" mode to the NST script: "nstnetcfg" that creates Predictable Network Interface Names which will survive each system reboot. This capability is beneficial to an NST system equipped with multiple Network Interface adapters.
* Integration of "IPv4 Alias Address Management" into the NST script: "nstnetcfg" that allows for the creation and removal of IPv4 Alias Addresses.
* A number of new articles on getting NST 20 up and running on a system have been written at the NST Wiki site:
* Upgrade to NST 20
* NST 20 Getting Started
* NST 20 Hard Disk Installation
* Copying ISO Images To USB
* As always, the networking and security applications included have been updated to their latest version which can be found in the manifest.
* For more details related to the code changes for this release, refer to the "Change Log" page.

Posted by Ronald W. Henderson 2014-02-20

NST Version 18-5413 Released

We are pleased to announce the latest NST release: "NST 18 SVN:5413". This is an interim release which includes all of the NST and Fedora 18 package updates since "2013-Apr-13" rolled into a fresh ISO image. If you are building your own NST YUM repository or have a subscription to the NST PRO YUM repository, you do not need this ISO image. You can simply "yum update" your NST system(s).... read more

Posted by Ronald W. Henderson 2013-11-19 Labels: NST18-5413

NST Version 18-4509 Released

We are pleased to announce the latest NST release: "NST 18 SVN:4509". This release is based on Fedora 18 using Linux Kernel: "3.8.6-203.fc18". This is the most robust and stable release of NST to date. Significant effort has been devoted to integrate "systemd" service control support with all network services applications thus providing enhanced management and flexibility when using the NST WUI.... read more

Posted by Ronald W. Henderson 2013-04-13

NST Version 2.16.0-4104 Released

We are pleased to announce the latest NST release: "v2.16.0-4104". This release is based on Fedora 16 using Linux Kernel: "3.4.9-2.fc16". This is a interim release which includes all of the NST and Fedora 16 package updates since 2012-Feb-27 rolled into a fresh ISO image. If you are building your own NST yum repository or have a subscription to the NST PRO yum repository, you may not need this ISO image as you should be able to simply yum update you NST system(s).... read more

Posted by Ronald W. Henderson 2012-09-04

NST Version 2.16.0-3170 Released

We are pleased to announce the latest NST release: "v2.16.0". This release is based on Fedora 16 using Linux Kernel: "3.2.7-1.fc16" .
Here are some of the highlights for this release:

* Major enhancements to the Network Interface Bandwidth Monitor application including a Threshold Pause feature with bandwidth rate state notifications.

* Developed a new NST WUI ARP Scan AJAX application which utilizes the arp-scan network tool. One can quickly scan and inventory each attached network segment throughout your network infrastructure and also perform additional security auditing on each discovered host. See the NST Wiki page: "HowTo Use The NST WUI arp-scan Page To Quickly Locate Hosts" for further information.... read more

Posted by Ronald W. Henderson 2012-02-28

NST Version 2.15.0-2515 Released

We are pleased to announce the latest NST release: "v2.15.0". This release is based on Fedora 15 using Linux Kernel: "2.6.40-4.fc15 - Rebased 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.... read more

Posted by Ronald W. Henderson 2011-08-10

NST Version 2.13.0-1713 Released

We are pleased to announce an NST maintenance release (v2.13.0-1713) which is based on Fedora 13 using Linux Kernel: 2.6.34.7-66.fc13. Here are some of the highlights for this release:

* Support has been added so that NST systems may now be registered at the new NST Pro web site. For more information on the benefits of this
professional service, see: http://www.networksecuritytoolkit.org/nstpro.... read more

Posted by Ronald W. Henderson 2011-01-22

NST Version 2.13.0 Released

We are pleased to announce the latest NST release: NST13 (v2.13.0) which is based on Fedora13 using Linux Kernel: 2.6.34.7-56.fc13. The release has focused on building a framework for the geolocation and rendering of network entities including the management and configuration of back-end geolocation methods and database repositories.
Here are some of the highlights for this release:

* Created a framework for geolocating network entities with NST.... read more

Posted by Ronald W. Henderson 2010-10-07

NST Version 2.11.0 Released

We are pleased to announce the latest NST release: "v2.11.0". This release is based on Fedora 11 using Linux Kernel: "2.6.30.5-43.fc11". The architecture for building an NST distribution has been completely redesigned and engineered. Starting with this release, All system, network and security applications are now included as RPM packages. This allowed us to take advantage of the Fedora Live CD Project for spinning off an "NST Live" distribution. This project will also help make it easier to develop future releases of NST.
We have created redundant repository sites for NST built RPM packages so that an NST system may be upgraded and revisioned via the internet. These capabilities continue to move NST towards being classified as an enterprise grade distribution that is both extensible and maintainable. With previous NST releases, it was difficult for users to add features and scope by compiling source code or adding new applications. Now one can simply YUM install their favorite applications (e.g., compilers, editors, X Window managers, etc...) via the command line or through the NST WUI.
Here are some of the highlights for this release:... read more

Posted by Ronald W. Henderson 2009-09-23

NST (Network Security Toolkit): Version 1.8.1 Released

Network Security Toolkit (NST) is a bootable ISO image (Live CD) based on Fedora Core 8 providing easy access to best-of-breed Open Source Network Security Applications and should run on most x86 platforms. NST can also be used for crash recovery.

We are pleased to announce the latest NST release: "v1.8.1". This release is based on Fedora 8 using the Linux Kernel: "2.6.26.8-57.fc8". Here are some of the highlights for this release:... read more

Posted by Paul Blankenbaker 2009-01-09

NST (Network Security Toolkit) Version 1.8.0 Released

We are pleased to announce the latest NST release: "v1.8.0". This release is based on Fedora 8 using the Linux Kernel: "2.6.25.6-27.fc8". Here are some of the highlights for this release:

* The NST Web User Interface (WUI), has been greatly enhanced and cleaned up. Some note worthy enhancements include:
o Multi-Tap Network Packet Capture and Management. Simultaneous network packet capture on up to 4 network interfaces per Multi-Tap session is supported. For example, one can capture network packets from the clean and dirty side of a firewall device and have the results automatically merged into a single capture file for analysis. See the "Multi-Tap Network Packet Capturing" page at the "NST Wiki" for further information.
o An enhanced Network Packet Capture Mangement and Status Interface.
o The use of AJAX and JSON to provide a more dynamic and interactive NST WUI. For example, the network interface label on the NST Start page can be clicked on to monitor that interface in real-time.
o Support for WPA-PSK wireless connections.
o Extensive tooltips and a new menu bar allowing one to quickly navigate the NST WUI.
o A "NST JavaScript Console" has been added. This is an interactive interface and library of JavaScript objects, functions, methods and properties designed to help software engineers diagnosis and develop "JavaScript Code" for building dynamic web pages. It is located on the bottom footer of every page including the one you are on.
* We transitioned from Fedora Core 5 to Fedora 8 as the underlying base of the NST.
* The addition of wireless firmware packages to support several new wireless chipsets.
* One should be able to boot the NST CD from SATA attached CD drives.
* As always, most networking and security applications included have been updated to their latest version (See the "Change Log" for individual package updates).

Posted by Ronald W. Henderson 2008-06-28

New NST WUI Stable Update Release

A new stable update (05-30-2007) for the NST WUI management interface is now available for the NST v1.5.0 release. This updates include many enhancements to the Network Packet Capture Interface and bug fixes to the NST WUI. See the README associated with the update for further details. Use the "System" => "NST WUI Update Management" page for installation.

Posted by Ronald W. Henderson 2007-05-30

A New NST Wiki Site Was Added

We have just added an NST Wiki site: http://www.networksecuritytoolkit.org/nstwiki. NST users please feel free to setup an account and share your experiences, advice and/or interesting topics associated with the NST distribution.

Posted by Ronald W. Henderson 2007-02-25

NST (Network Security Toolkit) Version 1.5.0 Released

We are pleased to announce the latest NST release: "v1.5.0". This release is based on Fedora Core 5 using the Linux Kernel: "2.6.18-1.2257.fc5". Here are some of the highlights for this release:

* The NST Web User Interface (WUI), has been greatly enhanced and cleaned up. Some note worthy enhancements include:
o Extensive additions to managing and analyzing network packet captures. This includes packet capture uploading to a probe and comprehensive HTML reports generated from PDML output.
o The ability to setup and manage printers (you can easily turn a NST system into print server). This was accomplished by adding a CUPS Management NST WUI page.
o The ability to easily mount many different supported file system types.
o The ability to manage the NST as a file server (both NFS and CIFS).
o The ability to upload files to the NST system.
o The ability to edit All ASCII files on the NST probe.... read more

Posted by Ronald W. Henderson 2007-02-13

NST (Network Security Toolkit) Version 1.4.2 Released

We are pleased to announce the latest NST release: v1.4.2. This release is based on Fedora Core 4 using the Linux Kernel: 2.6.17-1.2142_FC4 or 2.6.17-1.2142_FC4smp. Many new NST WUI features and capabilities have been included with this distribution:

* The addition of fruity, fruity templates and the nstfruity script to simplify the management of nagios.
* The addition of sguil and the nstsguil script to simplify the setup and use of sguil (sorry - no NST WUI interface page yet).
* The addition of the barnyard link package (primarily to support sguil).
* The addition of niktorat reports and a NST WUI management page to simplify the use of nikto.
* The addition of the tidy plugin for firefox to aid one in validating the HTML produced by web servers.
* The addition of p0f and a NST WUI management page to allow one to passively determine the host OS from captured network data.
* Cleaned up DHCP configuration so that it should work cleanly even if one sets up DHCP on a interfaces other than eth0.
* We have transitioned from the network protocol analyzer: Ethereal to the new Wireshark.
* The Network Packet Capture web-based front-end has again been enhanced with more filters and XML processing.
* The removal of the "@" character from the default password (this was causing issues for people with non-US keyboards).
* Added the THC-secure_delete package.
* This marks the first release where both a ISO and Virtual Machine version of the NST will be available.
* As always, most networking and security applications included have been updated to their latest version and continued refinement of the NST WUI.

Posted by Ronald W. Henderson 2006-08-17

NST (Network Security Toolkit) Version 1.4.1 Released

The latest NST release: v1.4.1 is now available as a VMware virtual machine download. See the home page for details on downloading:

http://www.networksecuritytoolkit.org/

This release is based on Fedora Core 4 using the Linux Kernel: 2.6.16-1.2108_FC4smp. Some of the highlights for the new release include:

* A enterprise class patch management system for NST WUI updates and system file patches and updates.... read more

Posted by Paul Blankenbaker 2006-06-05

NST (Network Security Toolkit) Version 1.4.0 Released

We are pleased to announce the latest NST release: v1.4.0. This release is based on Fedora Core 4 using the Linux Kernel: 2.6.15-1.1831_FC4 or 2.6.15-1.1831_FC4smp. Many new NST WUI features and capabilities have been included with this distribution:

* Time Management - NTP, hardware clock and system clock management.
* Network Packet Capture - An enhanced NST WUI web-based front-end to the tethereal network protocol anaylzer.
* Network Packet Capture Manager - Provides a means to manage network packet capture files on a NST probe.
* An enhanced NST WUI web-based file system mounting page.
* PDF rendering for most output including network packet capture decoding.
* Enhanced directory and file viewing pages with auto refresh.
* Introduced browser session saving for many NST WUI pages.
* Add a simpilfied front-end to the NST WUI for beginner users.
* Network Monitoring - integrated the Nagios networking tool into the NST WUI.
* Better navigation and flow when using the NST WUI pages.... read more

Posted by Ronald W. Henderson 2006-03-02

NST (Network Security Toolkit) Version 1.2.3 Released

We are pleased to announce the 1.2.3 release of the NST. We have spent a considerable amount of time enhancing the management capabilities of the NST probe in addition to bringing the security tools up to date. In particular:

* Snort rules management and configuration.
* Remote File/Directory browsing.
* VNC Session Management.
* Simplified Virus Scanning.
* And many additions to the NST web based interface.

Posted by Ronald W. Henderson 2005-09-05

Getting Started with NST Added To User's Guide

After reviewing many of the messages in the forum. A Getting Started section was add to the User's Guide (http://www.networksecuritytoolkit.org/nst/docs/user/index.html).

Hopefully this will be useful to those of you just getting started with the Network Security Toolkit.

Posted by Paul Blankenbaker 2004-04-26

NST Forum Created

A forum for the NST project was created on: March 20, 2004

Posted by Ronald W. Henderson 2004-03-20