Inspired by a recent community blog post, we have decided to add a new official way for our community to use Kali. Starting now, you can find an officially maintained Kali Linux image in the Vagrant Cloud.
What is Vagrant? From Vagrant’s website:
Vagrant is a tool for building and managing virtual machine environments in a single workflow.
One of the many useful things we can do with APT is create metapackages, which are effectively empty packages that declare a list of other packages as dependencies. Kali Linux includes metapackages for password cracking, software-defined radio, wireless, web applications, and more but if you have specific needs (like most people), it’s quick and easy to define your own metapackages, which we will show in this post.
We have been hearing a lot about WireGuard lately and with it being recently added to the Kali repos, we thought we would give it a quick try to see what all the fuss is about. All in all, we found this is a really nice and quick to configure VPN solution, and might be worth checking out.
We love it when community members come up with new ideas or interesting builds, and this one caught our attention. Jacek Kowalczyk hit us up on twitter with a really interesting story. His approach to tweaking Kali to be specific to his needs is exactly why this feature is so important to us and we wanted to share his story more widely.
Another edition of Hacker Summer Camp has come and gone. We had a great time meeting our users, new and old, particularly at our Black Hat and DEF CON Dojos, which were led by our great friend @ihackstuff and the rest of the OffSec crew. Now that everyone is back home, it’s time for our third Kali release of 2018, which is available for immediate download.
We use live-build to create our official Kali releases and we encourage users to jump in and build their own customized versions of Kali whenever we can. Our documentation of the process is one of the most popular items on our documentation site, and the Kali Dojo also revolves around this topic.
We have covered how to create secure “throw-away hack boxes” using the Raspberry Pi before, but we thought it was time to go back and take a look at the process again. With all the new Raspberry Pi models and Kali changes from when we last covered this, we found the old process was in need of some updating.
UPDATE NOV 2019 This post is out of date as of 2019 as powershell has been added to the primary repos. Just do a:
apt update && apt -y install powershell And you will have powershell on your system.
Old Post You may already be aware that you can safely add external repositories to your Kali Linux installation but you may not be aware that one of the many repositories available online includes one from Microsoft that includes PowerShell.
This Kali release is the first to include the Linux 4.15 kernel, which includes the x86 and x64 fixes for the much-hyped Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities. It also includes much better support for AMD GPUs and support for AMD Secure Encrypted Virtualization, which allows for encrypting virtual machine memory such that even the hypervisor can’t access it.
In an earlier post, we covered Package Management in Kali Linux. With the ease of installation that APT provides, we have the choice amongst tens of thousands of packages but the downside is, we have tens of thousands of packages. Finding out what packages are available and finding the one(s) we want can be a daunting task, particularly for newcomers to Linux.