Kali Linux 2021.4 arrives with improvements for Apple M1, for the ARM edition and more

Recently the launch of the new version of the popular Linux distribution «Kali Linux 2021.4 ″, which 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 software for reading data from RFID chips. It includes a collection of exploits and more than 300 specialized security analysis utilities.

Kali Linux 2021.4 Key New Features

In this new version of Kali Linux 2021.4 the Samba client has been reconfigured to be compatible with any Samba server, regardless of the protocol option selected on the server, which makes it easier to search for vulnerable Samba servers on the network and also the compatibility mode can be changed using the kali-tweaks utility.

Another change that stands out is that in kali-tweaks, in the mirror settings, the ability to speed up delivery is provided updates using the CloudFlare content delivery network.

In Xfce, the panel layout is optimized to conserve horizontal screen space, widgets were added to the panel to monitor CPU load and show VPN parameters, plus sand implements a more compact mode in the task manager, in which only the application icons are displayed. When browsing the content of virtual desktops, only buttons are displayed instead of thumbnails.

On the other hand, I also knowe highlights improved support for Apple systems based on the ARM M1 chip and that the profits of Kaboxer have added support for changing skins and icon sets, including the ability to use a dark theme.

In ARM edition, ext4 FS for root partition is enabled by default (instead of ext3), Raspberry Pi Zero 2W board support has been added, Raspberry Pi boards bootable from a USB drive. Also added, for the Pinebook Pro laptop, the ability to overclock the processor to 2GHz is implemented.

Updated versions of Xfce, GNOME 41 and KDE Plasma 5.23 desktops and unified window buttons have been implemented on all desktops.

On the part of the new added utilities:

  • Dufflebag: for searches of confidential information in the EBS sections
  • Maryam: is an open source OSINT framework
  • Name-That-Hash: definition of the hash type
  • Proxmark3: attacks on RFID tags by Proxmark3 devices;
  • Reverse Proxy Grapher: creation of a data flow diagram through a reverse proxy;
  • S3Scanner - Scans unprotected S3 environments and displays their content;
  • Spraykatz - extracts credentials from Windows systems and Active Directory-based environments;
  • truffleHog: analysis of sensitive data in Git repositories;
  • Web of trust grapher (wotmate) - PGP Pathfinder implementation.

It is also worth noting that NetHunter 2021.4 release prepared, an environment for mobile devices based on the Android platform with a selection of tools to test systems for vulnerabilities.

The new version adds Social-Engineer Toolkit and Spear Phishing Email Attack module.

To learn more about it, you can check the details In the following link.

Download and get Kali Linux 2021.4

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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