Updating backtrack kernel
Everything works fine from a clean copy so if I could somehow get a clean copy to load I'd be all sorted. I'd used Virtual Box in the past and found it to be fairly solid, but had switched to VMware as it's what I had used on my corporate machine.With all the issues I had been having I thought I'd try firing up a clean version of the latest Back Track iso in Virtual Box. I felt like an idiot, I'd wasted so much time chasing all these issues, why hadn't I just done this in the first place?Everytime the system was booting I received the error: "The CPU has been disabled by the guest operating system." After hours of googling and tweaking settings I couldn't find a solution.Frustrating but well these things happen, if anyone knows a fix I'd be interested to know.With the fresh copy installed in Virtual Box both msfupdate and Metasploit database work fine.Now I just need to transfer over my Windows images from VMware.I assumed it would be a straight forward import, but it turns out there's even more tweaking to be done due to the fact that the installed kernel and drivers depend on the underlying (virtual) hardware.
Pay attention and don’t delete the wrong kernel or you’ll have to re-run genkernel.
For a long while I was using BT5R1 in VMware Workstation 7 which I had upgraded to BT5R2.
I wanted to upgrade to BT5R3 but both the ISO and vmware image I had downloaded from the Backtrack site, were giving me errors.
When I went to run msfupdate it no longer worked and was giving me an error saying my SVN client was too old.
At this point I decided to completely remove Metasploit and grab the latest version using SVN as per the advice here: https://community.rapid7.com/thread/2293 rm -rf /opt/framework/msf3/* svn co https://metasploit.com/svn/framework3/trunk/ /opt/framework/msf3 The version under /opt/framework/msf3 was now up to date, but did not have database functionality.