What is MX Workbench? It’s one of my personal projects (it’s not an official MX release, although many of the MX devs helped me build and test it — thank you!). It’s a custom Live-USB Linux build made with MX tools is that is meant to be a Swiss Army kind of tool for sysadmins, containing a lot of useful programs that can be used for cloning disks and partitions, recovering files, searching for viruses and rootkits, hardware benchmarking, wiping drives, resetting Windows password, updating firmware, ftp, remoting, and so on (similar to Parted Magic for example — but much more flexible in my view).
It’s also meant to showcase how easy it is to create a custom MX ISO: anybody can run this live, customize it, take a snapshot and have their own tools and settings ready to use for their own purposes.
It is not meant to be installed, I removed the installer on purpose. That’s mostly because I made some changes to make it easier to run various tools in the live environment(for example: sudo runs without password) which would make no sense from the security point of view on an installed environment. So please, don’t ask me how to install it, it’s meant to run live (you can of course use persistence, remaster, and snapshot tools to customize it as you wish)
Download from Community_Respins folder in SourceForge:
Most of the useful GUI tools are listed in the GUI (custom-toolbox) that pops up at start.
Here’s a number of utilities that I added over what you usually find in a MX release (some are only CLI tools):
arpwatch: Ethernet/FDDI station activity monitor attr: utilities for manipulating filesystem extended attributes bar: Show information about a data transfer blockout2: Tetris like game (3D-tetris) bluez-test-tools: test tools of bluez bonnie++: Hard drive benchmark suite can-utils: SocketCAN userspace utilities and tools ceni: Curses interface to /etc/network/interfaces chntpw: NT SAM password recovery utility clamav: anti-virus utility for Unix - command-line interface clamtk: graphical front-end for ClamAV clonezilla: bare metal backup and recovery of disk drives cmospwd: decrypt BIOS passwords from CMOS cpuid: tool to dump x86 CPUID information about the CPU(s) cpuidtool: custom-toolbox: dbench: The dbench (disk) and tbench (TCP) benchmarks dc3dd: patched version of GNU dd with forensic features dcfldd: enhanced version of dd for forensics and security ddcutil: Control monitor settings ddrutility: set of data recovery utilities for use with GNU ddrescue di: advanced df like disk information utility digitemp: read temperature sensors in a 1-Wire net disktype: detection of content format of a disk or disk image dislocker: read/write encrypted BitLocker volumes dmraid: Device-Mapper Software RAID support tool dpt-i2o-raidutils: Adaptec I2O hardware RAID management utilities dvtm: Tiling window management for the console evemu-tools: Linux Input Event Device Emulation Library - test tool ext3grep: tool to help recover deleted files on ext3 filesystems fio: flexible I/O tester firmware-ti-connectivity: flashrom: Identify, read, write, erase, and verify BIOS/ROM/flash chips fping: sends ICMP ECHO_REQUEST packets to network hosts freefilesync: fsarchiver: file system archiver fwupd: Firmware update daemon geany: fast and lightweight IDE gftp-gtk: X/GTK+ FTP client ghex: GNOME Hex editor for files glances: Curses-based monitoring tool gnome-disk-utility: manage and configure disk drives and media gpart: Guess PC disk partition table, find lost partitions grsync: GTK+ frontend for rsync i2c-tools: heterogeneous set of I2C tools for Linux idle3-tools: change the idle3 timer of recent Western Digital Hard Disk Drives iftop: displays bandwidth usage information on an network interface ioping: Simple disk I/O latency measuring tool iotop: simple top-like I/O monitor iperf: Internet Protocol bandwidth measuring tool iputils-arping: Tool to send ICMP echo requests to an ARP address iputils-tracepath: Tools to trace the network path to a remote host isomaster: Graphical CD image editor linssid: graphical wireless scanner linux-image-amd64: Linux for 64-bit PCs (meta-package) lynx: classic non-graphical (text-mode) web browser md5deep: transitional dummy package for hashdeep meld: graphical tool to diff and merge files memtester: Utility for testing the memory subsystem mpt-status: get RAID status out of mpt (and other) HW RAID controllers ncdu: ncurses disk usage viewer netwag: graphical frontend for netwox nmap: The Network Mapper nmon: performance monitoring tool for Linux nwipe: Utility to securely erase disks obdgpslogger: suite of tools to log OBDII and GPS data openipmi: Intelligent Platform Management Interface (for servers) partclone: Utility to clone and restore a partition qla-tools: QLogic Linux tools for work with QLogic HBAs rdesktop: RDP client for Windows NT/2000 Terminal Server and Windows Servers rdiff-backup: remote incremental backup reglookup: utility to analysis for Windows NT-based registry remmina: GTK+ Remote Desktop Client remmina-plugin-exec: EXEC plugin for Remmina remmina-plugin-nx: NX plugin for Remmina remmina-plugin-rdp: RDP plugin for Remmina remmina-plugin-secret: Secret plugin for Remmina remmina-plugin-spice: Spice plugin for Remmina remmina-plugin-telepathy: Telepathy plugin for Remmina remmina-plugin-vnc: VNC plugin for Remmina rename: Perl extension for renaming multiple files rkhunter: rootkit, backdoor, sniffer and exploit scanner rtorrent: ncurses BitTorrent client based on LibTorrent from rakshasa safecopy: data recovery tool for problematic or damaged media screen: terminal multiplexer with VT100/ANSI terminal emulation scrounge-ntfs: Data recovery program for NTFS filesystems smbios-utils: Provide access to (SM)BIOS information -- utility binaries stressapptest: stress test application for simulating high load situations unhide: Forensic tool to find hidden processes and ports vim: Vi IMproved - enhanced vi editor vmfs-tools: Tools to access VMFS filesystems w3m: WWW browsable pager with excellent tables/frames support wakeonlan: Sends 'magic packets' to wake-on-LAN enabled ethernet adapters wipe: secure file deletion wireshark: network traffic analyzer - meta-package xinput-calibrator: Generic touchscreen calibration program for X.Org zenmap: The Network Mapper Front End zfs-fuse: ZFS on FUSE