Recientemente the release of the new version of Kali Linux 2019.4 was announced, which includes updates to various components of the system, including the most important is the Linux Kernel which was updated to version 5.3.9, among other novelties.
For those who still do not know the Linux distribution "Kali Linux" they should know that this distro is designed to test systems for vulnerabilities, perform audits, analyze residual information and identify the effects of malicious attacks. Kali Linux includes one of the most comprehensive collections of tools for IT security professionals- From tools for testing web applications and penetrating wireless networks to programs for reading data from RFID identification chips.
Kit includes a collection of exploits and over 300 security checkers specialized, such as Aircrack, Maltego, SAINT, Kismet, Bluebugger, Btcrack, Btscanner, Nmap, p0f.
In addition, the distribution includes tools to accelerate the selection of passwords (Multihash CUDA Brute Forcer) and WPA keys (Pyrit) through the use of CUDA and AMD Stream technologies, which allow the use of NVIDIA and AMD GPUs to perform computing operations.
All original developments created within the distribution are distributed under the GPL license and are available through a public Git repository.
Kali Linux 2019.4 Key New Features
In this new edition of the system, stands out because XFCE is now the default desktop environment, since instead of GNOME. Using a lightweight environment reduced system requirements and unifying the desktop with ARM Device Edition. In addition to that, for GNOME and XFCE, a new GTK3 theme has been proposed.
Another change in this new version is the implementation of the «Kali Undercover» mode, simulating the Windows design, so as not to arouse suspicion when working with Kali in public places.
Added NetHunter Kex environment, which allows to run a full Kali desktop on Android platform mobile devices (a screen, keyboard and mouse are connected to a smartphone with an HDMI port).
Of the other changes that are highlighted in the ad:
- The documentation was converted to Markdown format, moved to Git, and placed in the new / docs / directory.
- A guide has been proposed for creating your own packages for Kali.
- An option to use Btrfs FS on the root partition has been added to the installer.
- Added a package with pwsh shell, which allows you to run PowerShell scripts directly from Kali.
- The Linux kernel has been updated to version 5.3.9.
At the same time, NetHunter 2019.4 release prepared, an environment for mobile devices based on the Android platform with a selection of tools to test systems for vulnerabilities.
With NetHunter it is possible to verify the implementation of specific attacks for mobile devices, for example, emulating the operation of USB devices (BadUSB and HID keyboard, emulating a USB network adapter that can be used for MITM attacks or a USB keyboard that performs the replacement of characters) and create rogue access points (MANA malicious access point).
NetHunter is installed in a standard Android platform environment in the form of a chroot image running a specially adapted version of Kali Linux.
Download and get Kali Linux 2019.2
For those interested in being able to test or install the distro directly on their computers, they should know that they can download a complete iso image (3.1 GB) or a reduced image (1.1 GB) which already are available for download on the official website of the distribution.
Builds are available for x86, x86_64, ARM architectures (armhf and armel, Raspberry Pi, Banana Pi, ARM Chromebook, Odroid). In addition to the basic compilation with Gnome and a reduced version, variants are offered with Xfce, KDE, MATE, LXDE and Enlightenment e17.
Finally yes You are already a Kali Linux user, you just have to go to your terminal and execute the following command that will be in charge of updating your system, so it is necessary to be connected to the network to be able to carry out this process.
apt update && apt full-upgrade