Kali Linux 2020.4 has already been released and these are its news

Recently Kali Linux 2020.4 release announcement was released, in which several major changes have been made, since the change from ZSH to Bash in desktop images, as well as the new version of Win-Kex, new tools added and more.

For those unfamiliar with Kali Linux, they should know that it is designed to test systems for vulnerabilities, audit, residual data analysis and identify the consequences of malicious attacks.

Time includes one of the most comprehensive collections of tools for professionals of computer security, from tools to test web applications and penetration of wireless networks to programs to read data from RFID chips. The kit includes a collection of exploits and more than 300 utilities.

Kali Linux 2020.4 Key New Features

In this new version of Kali Linux 2020.4, the developers mention that de default ZSH shell is used instead of Bash.

The reason for switching to ZSH is cited as having advanced capabilities and the ability to use Bash is left as an option (chsh -s / bin / bash), and the command line is styled ZSH.

When entering the console, a message is displayed with links to the documentation, specialized installation pictures and instructions to change / usr / bin / python from Python 2 to Python 3.

Also highlighted are the updated builds for AWS EC2 and that support for GovCloud was added.

Also, that in this new version of Kali Linux 2020.4 updated package versions of many of the system components are included, which have been synchronized with Debian ones, such as Linux kernel that has been updated to version 5.9, GNOME to 3.38 and KDE to 5.19.

By default, proxychains4 package is used (ProxyChains-NG), which is used to forward connections through a SOCKS4a / 5 or HTTP-based proxy.

And of the new tools added:

  • apple bleee
  • CertGraph
  • dnscat2
  • FinalRecon
  • goDoH
  • hostapd-mana
  • Metasploit Framework v6
  • whatmask

On the Win-Kex side (Windows + Kali Desktop EXperience) designed to run on Windows in the WSL2 environment (Windows Subsystem for Linux), this has been updated and in the new version "Improved session mode" has been added (–Esm), which uses RDP to access.

At the same time, the release of NetHunter 2020.4 was prepared., an environment for mobile devices based on the Android platform with a selection of tools to test systems for vulnerabilities.

Using NetHunter, it is possible to verify the implementation of specific attacks on mobile devices, for example, through the emulation of USB devices (BadUSB and HID Keyboard - emulation of a USB network adapter that can be used for MITM attacks, or a keyboard USB that performs character substitution) and creation of fake access points (MANA Evil Access Point).

NetHunter is installed in the standard environment of the Android platform in the form of a chroot image, which runs a specially adapted version of Kali Linux.

Of the changes in NetHunter 2020.4, a new menu to backup and restore configuration files is highlighted, and to change boot animations.

The "Magisk Persistence" module is included, which allows you to bypass the Magisk load (allows you to change system components and manipulate root access) after installing NetHunter.

Download and get Kali Linux 2020.4

For those who are interested in being able to test or directly install the new version of the distro on their computers, they should know that they can download a full ISO image 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

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