Kali Linux 2019.1 Release
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Welcome to our first release of 2019, Kali Linux 2019.1, which is available for immediate download. This release brings our kernel up to version 4.19.13, fixes numerous bugs, and includes many updated packages.
The big marquee update of this release is the update of Metasploit to version 5.0, which is their first major release since version 4.0 came out in 2011:
root@kali:~# msfconsole , , / \ ((__---,,,---__)) (_) O O (_)_________ \ _ / |\ o_o \ M S F | \ \ _____ | * ||| WW||| ||| ||| =[ metasploit v5.0.2-dev ] + -- --=[ 1852 exploits - 1046 auxiliary - 325 post ] + -- --=[ 541 payloads - 44 encoders - 10 nops ] + -- --=[ 2 evasion ] + -- --=[ ** This is Metasploit 5 development branch ** ] msf5 >
Metasploit 5.0 is a massive update that includes database and automation APIs, new evasion capabilities, and usability improvements throughout. Check out their in-progress release notes to learn about all the new goodness
The 2019.1 Kali release for ARM includes the return of Banana Pi and Banana Pro, both of which are on the 4.19 kernel. Veyron has been moved to a 4.19 kernel and the Raspberry Pi images have been simplified so it is easier to figure out which one to use. There are no longer separate Raspberry Pi images for users with TFT LCDs because we now include @Re4son’s kalipi-tft-config script on all of them, so if you want to set up a board with a TFT, run ‘kalipi-tft-config’ and follow the prompts.
Download Kali Linux 2019.1
If you would like to check out this latest and greatest Kali release, you can find download links for ISOs and Torrents on the Kali Downloads page along with links to the OffSec virtual machine and ARM images, which have also been updated to 2019.1. If you already have a Kali installation you’re happy with, you can easily upgrade in place as follows:
root@kali:~# apt update && apt -y full-upgrade
Ensuring your Installation is Updated
To double check your version, first make sure your Kali package repositories are correct:
root@kali:~# cat /etc/apt/sources.list deb http://http.kali.org/kali kali-rolling main contrib non-free
Then after running ‘apt -y full-upgrade’, you may require a ‘reboot’ before checking:
root@kali:~# grep VERSION /etc/os-release VERSION="2019.1" VERSION_ID="2019.1" root@kali:~# root@kali:~# uname -a Linux kali 4.19.0-kali1-amd64 #1 SMP Debian 4.19.13-1kali1 (2019-01-03) x86_64 GNU/Linux
If you come across any bugs in Kali, please open a report on our bug tracker. We’ll never be able to fix what we don’t know about.