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Slingshot Linux Distribution


Download Slingshot Virtual Appliance (.ova format)

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Minimum System Requirements:

  • VMware Player or similar
  • 2 GHz dual-core processor
  • 4 GB of system memory
  • 15 GB of disk space

Slingshot Overview

What is Slingshot?

Slingshot is an Ubuntu-based Linux distribution with the MATE Desktop Environment built for use in the SANS penetration testing curriculum and beyond. Designed to be stable, reliable and lean, Slingshot is built with Vagrant and Ansible. It includes many standard pen testing tools, as well as the PenTesters Framework (PTF). Course-specific builds include all of the tools, files and documentation needed for class labs. The initial release of Slingshot is for the general community with course-specific builds deploying throughout 2020.

Key Features of Slingshot

  • Provides a consistent experience for SANS students
  • Extensive use of virtual environments (e.g., pyenv, rbenv) to prevent version conflicts
  • Repeatable and testable build process using Vagrant and Ansible
  • Automated testing during the build process verifies that updates do not break tools
  • Streamlines courseware creation by course authors for students

Tools Included in Slingshot CE (Community Edition)

  • Aircrack-ng
  • Asleap
  • BeEF
  • Bettercap
  • Burp Suite
  • Covenant
  • coWPAtty
  • Docker
  • Empire 3 (BC Security fork)
  • Ettercap
  • ExploitDB
  • EyeWitness
  • Flamingo
  • hashcat
  • hping3
  • John the Ripper
  • Kismet
  • Koadic
  • Masscan
  • Metasploit Framework
  • Nikto
  • Nmap
  • OpenVAS
  • Padbuster
  • Powershell Empire
  • Recon-ng
  • Responder
  • RITA
  • Sherlock
  • Social Engineer Toolkit
  • sqlmap
  • tcpdump
  • THC-Hydra
  • Unicornscan
  • Veil Evasion
  • Wapiti
  • WeirdAAL
  • Wireshark
  • WPScan
  • Zed Attack Proxy

...with the ability to quickly install hundreds of others with the PenTesters Framework. Did we miss something? Submit a request through our feedback form above!


Slingshot was created by Ryan O'Grady, with contributions from Joshua Wright, Stephen Sims, Daniel Pendolino, and Ben Allen.


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