Several days ago the launch of the new version of the popular Linux distribution Kali Linux 2022.1, qIn addition to being presented together with the update of the NetHunter 2022.1 tool, it includes a series of changes, improvements and updates to the base of the distribution.
For those who are unaware of Kali Linux, they should know that this is a distribution which is designed to test systems for vulnerabilities, perform audits, analyze residual information and identify the consequences of attacks by cybercriminals.
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Kali Linux 2022.1 Key New Features
In this new version that is presented of the distribution the page has been redesigned which is displayed by default in the browser, Which added links to documentation and utilities, and the search function has been implemented.
In addition, a full build of "kali-linux-everything" which includes all available packages (except Kaboxer) for a self-contained installation on systems that do not have a network connection. The build size is 9,4 GB and it is only available for download via BitTorrent.
Utility kali-tweaks offers a new “Hardening” section, through which you can change the SSH client settings to improve compatibility with older systems (return support for old algorithms and ciphers).
We can also find that updated boot process layout, the login screen, and the installer. The boot menu has also been redesigned with new unified boot menu options for systems with UEFI and BIOS, as well as for different versions of iso images (installer, live and netinstall).
On the other hand, it is also noted that the zsh shell prompt has been modernized. By default, the addition of data on return codes and the number of processes is hidden in the background that could interfere with work.
Of the other changes that stand out in this new version:
- Improved support for VMware virtualization platforms when running Kali in a guest with an i3-based desktop (kali-desktop-i3). In such environments, clipboard and drag-and-drop interface support is enabled by default.
- New wallpapers are proposed for the desktop with the symbols of the distribution.
- A voice synthesizer was returned to the main structure to organize the work of blind people.
- New utilities added:
dnsx – is a DNS tool that allows you to send queries to multiple DNS servers at once.
email2phonenumber : OSINT utility to identify an email phone number by analyzing publicly available user information.
naabu – is a simple port scanning utility.
nuclei: is a network scanning system that supports templates.
- PoshC2 is a framework for organizing control of Command & Control (C2) servers that supports working through a proxy.
- proxify is a proxy for HTTP/HTTPS that allows you to intercept and manipulate traffic.
Added feroxbuster and ghidra packages to ARM builds.
- Fixed Bluetooth issues on Raspberry Pi boards.
To learn more about it, you can check the details In the following link.
Download and get Kali Linux 2022.1
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