Our Next Generation Penetration Testing Platform
We’re still buzzing and recovering from the Black Hat and DEF CON conferences where we finished presenting our new [Kali Linux Dojo](](/docs/development/dojo-mastering-live-build/), which was a blast. The Dojo rooms were ready to go for everyone with the assistance of and a few. Many created their own Kali 2.0 ISs for the very first time. The excitement isn’t over yet. Now, with the con’s over, we are in the middle of Kali 2.0. This is the biggest release since 2013.. Kali 2.0 officially releases today.
What’s new with Kali 2.0? A new kernel 4.0 is available. It’s built on Debian Jessie and features improved hardware coverage and wireless drivers, support for various Desktop Environments, including gnome, desktop, mate and e17. These bulletpoints are side effects of real changes in our backend development. Are you ready to get the truth? Deepen your breath. It’s a long list.
Kali Linux now a rolling distribution
To keep Kali 2.0 updated in a continuous, global manner, has made the most important move. This means that after making sure all packages are installedable, will continue to pull our packages from. It is basically upgrading Kali’s core system and allowing us to use newer Debian packages. We are able to benefit from the stability and cutting-edge of Debian by this move.
A Upstream Version Checking System was also integrated into our infrastructure. This system alerts us whenever new versions are available (usually through git tag). The script is run daily for a selected list of tools, and alerts us if any new tool needs to be updated. The core tools will be updated more often with this system. We will gradually phase out “tool upgrades” in the .
Kali Linux 2.0: New Flavors
Kali 2.0 supports KDE and GNOME3, MATE, E17, Xfce, e17, MATES, e17, LXDE, i3wm. This release marks the completion of an extended abstinence period. GNOME 3 has become our favorite desktop environment. We made a few modifications to make it more appealing. Custom support has been added for multi-level menus and true terminal transparency. There are also a few useful gnome shell extension. However, this has been at the cost of increasing the RAM required to run a complete GNOME3 session to 768MB. While this is not an issue on most modern hardware, it can cause problems on low-end computers. We have released an minimal Kali2.0 ISO official release. The “light” version of Kali contains a few useful tools and the lightweight Desktop Environment – an ideal solution for computers with limited resources.
Kali Linux 2.0 ARM Images & NetHunter 2.0
All ARM images have been updated with Kali 2.0 – which includes Raspberry Pis, Chromebooks and Odroids. We’ve also added new images, such as this Chromebook Flip. Click on the image to take a closer view. We have also included kernel sources in our ARM images, which makes it easier to compile new drivers.
NetHunter is still our favorite mobile penetration test platform. We also updated it with Kali 2.0. We’ve also released new NetHunter images to support the Nexus 5/6/7/9/10. We have also updated the OnePlus One NetHunter photo to Kali 2.0. This image now includes a much-awaited picture for CM12 – see the webpage for further information.
Latest VMware and VirtualBox images
Kali Linux is available in a new virtual environment from Offensive Security. They include 64-bit and 32 bit versions of GNOME 3’s full Kali environment.
You can build your virtual environment by consulting our documentation.
The short version: Where is My Kali 2.0?
This release’s tl:dr can be best described by comparison. Kali 1.0 focused on creating a strong infrastructure , while Kali 2.0 will focus on improving the user experience and keeping updated tools and packages . There are many interesting new updates that have been made to Kali Linux 2.0. You can visit our page for more information.
Still TL-DR. What’s the best way to upgrade to Kali 2.0
You have the ability to update Kali 1.x and Kali 2.0. You will first need to modify your source.list entries and then run the dist.upgrade. Your upgrade to Kali 2.0 could fail if you’ve been installing or manually overwriting Kali packages, or have used incorrect Kali repositories. These scripts include lazykali.sh and PTF. They also allow you to manually clone git files in the wrong directories. These scripts will cause files to be clobbered on your filesystem, resulting in an unsuccessful upgrade. You should reinstall your OS entirely if this happens.
If you don’t mind, please feel free:
cat < /etc/apt/sources.list deb http://http.kali.org/kali sana main non-free contrib deb http://security.kali.org/kali-security/ sana/updates main contrib non-free EOF apt-get update apt-get dist-upgrade # get a coffee, or 10. reboot
Rapid7 requested that we remove the Metasploit Community/Pro packagefrom Kali Linux. We now only host the Open-source Metasploit Framework package. To obtain a license for Community or Pro you’ll need to download the package from Rapid7. After that, register your details and sign up. Additionally, The Rapid7 team has stopped maintaining the Metasploit Package in Kali. This means that we have made significant changes to our “native” system. Instead of putting all required software in one package, we now use native dependencies in Kali to provide support for the metasploit framework package. It results in a smoother, faster work experience, and easier integration with Metasploit dependencies. This page contains more details about the .
Starting up Metasploit Framework in Kali Linux 2.0
The metasploit framework package has undergone some changes. In particular, there is no metasploit . Here’s how to start the Metasploit Framework in Kali Linux 2.0.
# Start the Postgresql Database /etc/init.d/postgresql start # Initialize the Metasploit Framework Database msfdb init # Run msfconsole msfconsole
You Just got an upgrade for your Kali 2.0 FFU
Kali Linux 2.0 represents a significant step forward, as we continue to improve our distribution. We hope that you like the updated look and features as well as new tools and workflow. You are welcome to join the community through forums, bug tracker and Twitter. If you’ve not seen the Kali 2.0 Teaser video yet, click here!