Kali Linux 2020.1

Kali Linux 2020.1

This time I’m definitely installing it on my Raspberry Pi 4!

Kali Linux just released the very first release of the year 2020 with the following much welcome improvements:

  • Single installer image – I find it refreshing that there’s only one image to download which then allows you to choose the desktop environment of your preference (Gnome, KDE, Mate or LXDE)
  • kali user is the new default, used to be root
  • Python 2 is officially End Of Life
  • Theme refinements (kali-undercover looks even more like Windows now)

Just to remind you: Kali Linux is a Debian-based Linux distro made by security professionals for security assessments, penetration testing and digital forensics. 

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Kali Linux 2019.4

Kali 2019.2 – Placeholder

Didn’t realise but Kali Linux rolled the last update for this year, Kali Linux 2019.4:

Notable improvements:

  • Default desktop environment is Xfce (with new theme)
  • Linux Kernel is updated to 5.3.9
  • PowerShell is now included as standard
  • Kali Documentation is now apparently git-managed (would really like to contribute someday)

But the most talked about feature is “Kali Undercover” mode which is essentially a desktop theme that makes Kali look very similar to Windows 10 desktop – background, icons, task manager, main menu and even file manager are all updated to look like Windows 10.

Am going to give this a try on the Raspberry Pi 4 that I got earlier this year, since it’s in the robust FLIRC case now.

Are you using Kali? Have you read any books on it or completed a certificate? Am definitely going to give it a try soon enough!

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Installing Kali Linux 2019.2

It appears that Kali Linux is supported on the latest Raspberry Pi model, RPi 4. So I thought I’d get familiar with the install process and Kali Linux basics by trying it out in a VirtualBox VM.

What is Kali Linux?

Kali Linux is a Debian-based Linux distro made by security professionals (Offensive Security) for security assessments, penetration testing and digital forensics. It comes with hundreds of open-source tools grouped for effective use and optimized for speedy network discovery and vulnerability assessment.

How To Download Kali Linux

I downloaded a normal ISO image to see how installer works, but it’s also possible to just get the VirtualBox VM image with Kali Linux.

Kali Linux Installation Screenshots

Here are the screens of my install process – nothing unusual and a fairly smooth install process.

I think I got them here in the right order, but if something’s off and not straightforward – let me know!

As always, I had to do install more than once because disk size is suggested as 8GB in VirtualBox which is not enough for modern Debian derived installs – so installer fails halfway and you need to expand the disk – I’ve seen the same issues trying to install Debian 10 Buster.

Will try and install it onto Raspberry Pi 4 as one of the upcoming Unix Tutorial projects.

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