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Athena Welcome

Athena Welcome is the official Athena OS welcome app aimed to configure the system installation as you wish by allowing you to select any settings and resource you need, and to manage Cyber Security Roles and Hacking Platform tools.

Athena Welcome consists mainly of two views:

  • Live Environment
  • Running Environment

Live Environment

Landing on the Live Environment, Athena Welcome application is automatically run.

Athena Welcome Install

Install Buttons

You can choose between Easy Installation (Offline) and Advanced Installation (Online). The former does not require an Internet connection but it installs all default elements in Athena; the latter requires an Internet connection but you can customize your final environment.

The details about the installation process are described in Calamares Installer.

Run GParted

You can also run GParted for configuring your disks by clicking on Run GParted button.

Update Buttons

Update Calamares Installer will update the installer and the binaries it uses to the latest version. Update All Mirrors will find the fastest mirrors for your connection in order to speed up the retrieve of the packages to install.

Running Environment

Once Athena OS is installed, Athena Welcome application is automatically run.

Athena Welcome Running

Cyber Security Roles

By clicking on Choose your Role, you can select your favourite cyber security role among:

  • πŸ’™ Blue Teamer πŸ’™
  • 🐞 Bug Bounty Hunter 🐞
  • 🍘 Cracker Specialist 🍘
  • πŸ’€ DoS Tester πŸ’€
  • πŸŽ“ Enthusiast Student πŸŽ“
  • πŸ” Forensic Analyst πŸ”
  • 🦠 Malware Analyst 🦠
  • πŸ“± Mobile Analyst πŸ“±
  • 🌐 Network Analyst 🌐
  • πŸ•΅οΈ OSINT Specialist πŸ•΅οΈ
  • ❀️ Red Teamer ❀️
  • πŸ•ΈοΈ Web Pentester πŸ•ΈοΈ

Once selected, click on Set your Role button for installing all the tools and resources related to the chosen role.

Some of these roles not only install pentesting tools but also retrieve payload repositories like SecLists, PayloadsAllTheThings, FuzzDB, Auto Wordlists and Security Wordlist. These roles are:

  • 🐞 Bug Bounty Hunter 🐞
  • 🍘 Cracker Specialist 🍘
  • πŸŽ“ Enthusiast Student πŸŽ“
  • ❀️ Red Teamer ❀️
  • πŸ•ΈοΈ Web Pentester πŸ•ΈοΈ

HTB Update

HTB Update button is used for setting your Hack The Box API token in order to play Hack The Box machines directly inside of Athena OS. You can retrieve your HTB API token by login to Hack The Box website -> click on your user account on top-right -> My Profile -> Profile Settings tab -> under App Tokens, click on Create App Token. Assign a Token Name and a Expires In value and click on Create. Take the output string and save it in a secure way. It will be used for setting Hack The Box inside of Athena OS.

On Athena Welcome, when clicked for the first time on HTB Update button, you will get the following message:

Hack The Box API Key not set. Please, insert your App Token after the 'Password' label, it will be stored in a secure keyring.

On Password: field paste the HTB API token you got above and press Enter. If the HTB API token is valid, after some seconds you will get the following message:

Done. Press Enter to continue...

and you are able to play Hack The Box machines in Athena OS.

Tool Recipe

Athena Welcome Tool Recipe

It shows all the application and utility commands in Athena OS.

Update All Mirrors

It will find the fastest mirrors for your connection in order to speed up the retrieve of the packages to install.

Show Tools for Roles

Athena Welcome Role Tools

It shows all the tools for each role. You can click on the button related to each role for filter the view and show only the tools related to a specific role.

Upgrade Athena

Upgrade the system with the latest packages and configuration. It will run a sudo pacman -Syyu for updating the system and shows several prompts to synchronize the system dotfiles with yours. In case you want to keep your customized dotfiles for specific applications, you can choose to not replace your files with the system ones.

Hacking Variables

Show the environment variables in the scope of the cyber security that improve the efficiency of your activities when you need to access to an hacking resource (i.e., password list, payloads). They can be filtered by category by clicking on the related buttons.

Athena Welcome Hacking Variables

Common Resources

The remaining buttons are common to both of the views and are related to the Athena OS project and the community:

  • Release info shows information about the latest release
  • Athena OS project is linked to the Athena OS website
  • Open a ticket allows you to open an issue ticket in case you need to report an issue
  • Discord will carry you to the Athena OS Discord community
  • Video Demo shows a showcase video about Athena OS
  • Donate allows you to support the project
  • Wiki brings you to the Athena OS official documentation
  • Quit will close Athena Welcome app