Kali Linux 2021.1 arrives with updates, new packages and more

The new version of Kali Linux 2021.1 has already been released and it is available to the general public from its official website. This new version of the system comes with the package update, as well as with new utilities.

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 2021.1 Key New Features

This new version of Kali Linux 2021.01 arrives with command handler not found, who shows a hint in case of an attempt starting a program that is not on the system.

In this controller, being able to report typos when entering commands is supported and try to run commands that are not present on the system, but are available in the package repository.

As for updates, we can find the updated desktop versions of Xfce 4.16 and KDE Plasma 5.20, Besides that the GTK3 theme used in Xfce has been modernized.

Also we cannot forget the style of the terminal emulators xfce4-terminal, tilix, terminator, konsole, qterminal and mate-terminal which has been brought to a common style, in addition to the fact that the font used in the terminals has been updated.

On the part of the new profits, the following are mentioned:

  • airgeddon- Enables auditing of wireless networks
  • AltDNS: check subdomain variations
  • Arjun: defines support for HTTP parameters
  • Chisel: fast tunnel TCP / UDP over HTTP
  • dnsgen: generate a combination of domain names based on input data
  • DumpsterDiver- Detects hidden information in various types of files
  • GetAllUrls- Retrieves known URLs from the AlienVault Open Threat Exchange, Wayback Machine, and
  • Common crawl
  • GitLeaks- Look up keys and passwords in Git repositories
  • HTTProbe- Searches for HTTP servers for the specified list of domains
  • MassDNS- Resolves a large number of DNS records in batch mode
  • PS Kracker- Generate generic keys and passwords for WPA / WPS
  • wordlistraider: extract a subset of words from password lists

In the announcement of the new version, it is also mentioned that the compilation of Kali ARM adds WiFi support to Raspberry Pi 400 and initial startup support using Parallels virtualization on Apple hardware with the new M1 chip.

Finally, we can't put aside either that at the same time, he prepared the release of NetHunter 2021.1, in which in this new version BusyBox 1.32 and Rucky 2.1 packages have been updated (a tool to carry out attacks through USB devices), a new boot splash has been added.

NetHunter is 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 creating rogue access points.

Download and get Kali Linux 2021.1

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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  1.   Guillermo Martinez said

    Very interesting, the new linux program, I will try it. Thanks.