A few days ago the release of the new version of the popular Linux distribution «Kali Linux 2021.3»In which several improvements have been made, among which the configuration to OpenSSL stands out, improvements to the live-session in virtual environments, as well as new utilities and more
For those who are unaware of the distribution should know that is designed to test systems for vulnerabilities, perform audits, analyze residual information and identify the consequences of attacks by cybercriminals.
Time includes one of the most comprehensive collections of tools for IT security professionals, from tools for testing web applications and penetration of wireless networks to programs for reading data from RFID chips. The kit includes a collection of exploits and more than 300 specialized security inspection utilities 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 video card GPUs to perform computational operations.
Kali Linux 2021.3 Key New Features
In this new version of Kali Linux 2021.3 it is mentioned that OpenSSL configuration has been changed to achieve the best possible compatibility, including the default return of support for legacy protocols and algorithms, including TLS 1.0 and TLS 1.1. To disable outdated algorithms, you can use the kali-tweaks (Hardening / Strong Security) utility.
Another novelty that stands out is that Live session work under the control of virtualization systems has been improved VMware, VirtualBox, Hyper-V and QEMU + Spice, for example, the ability to use a single clipboard with the host system and support for the drag and drop interface has been improved has been added. The specific configuration of each virtualization system can be changed using the kali-tweaks utility (virtualization section).
On the other hand, within the updates that stand out from the new version, for example, the KDE desktop has been updated to version 5.21, in addition to the fact that support has been improved for Raspberry Pi, Pinebook Pro and various ARM devices.
In addition, se has been prepared by TicHunter Pro, a variant of the NetHunter edition for the TicWatch Pro smartwatch. NetHunter provides mobile device environments based on the Android platform with a selection of tools for testing 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 and the creation of rogue 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.
Regarding the new utilities we can find:
- Berate_ap - Create rogue wireless access points.
- CALDERA: it is an emulator of the activity of cybercriminals.
- EAPHammer: Carrying out an attack on Wi-Fi networks with WPA2-Enterprise.
- HostHunter: detection of active hosts on the network.
- RouterKeygenPC - Create keys for WPA / WEP Wi-Fi.
- Subjack: capture of subdomains.
- WPA_Sycophant - Client implementation for EAP Relay attack.
Download and get Kali Linux 2021.3
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