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Kali Linux

Last Update: 2018-10-30 05:16 UTC


Kali Linux (formerly known as BackTrack) is a Debian-based distribution with a collection of security and forensics tools. It features timely security updates, support for the ARM architecture, a choice of four popular desktop environments, and seamless upgrades to newer versions.

Popularity (hits per day): 12 months: 16 (515), 6 months: 15 (468), 3 months: 16 (506), 4 weeks: 20 (496), 1 week: 21 (509)

Average visitor rating: 8.45/10 from 22 review(s).


Kali Summary
Distribution Kali Linux (formerly BackTrack)
Home Page http://www.kali.org/
Mailing Lists --
User Forums http://forums.kali.org/
Alternative User Forums
Documentation https://www.kali.org/kali-linux-documentation/
Screenshots DistroWatch Gallery
Screencasts
Download Mirrors http://www.kali.org/downloads/
Bug Tracker http://bugs.kali.org/
Related Websites Offensive SecurityWikipedia
Reviews 2016.x: DistroWatchZDNet
1.0.x: DedoimedoLinuxBSDosZDNetBinary TidesLinuxBSDos
BackTrack: LinuxBSDosADMINUbuntu ManualLinux UserDedoimedoLinux.comLinux.com
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Recent Related News and Releases
  Releases, download links and checksums:
 • 2018-10-29: Distribution Release: Kali Linux 2018.4
 • 2018-04-30: Distribution Release: Kali Linux 2018.2
 • 2018-02-06: Distribution Release: Kali Linux 2018.1
 • 2017-11-22: Distribution Release: Kali Linux 2017.3
 • 2017-09-21: Distribution Release: Kali Linux 2017.2
 • 2017-04-25: Distribution Release: Kali Linux 2017.1
 • 2016-08-31: Distribution Release: Kali Linux 2016.2
 • 2016-01-21: Distribution Release: Kali Linux 2016.1
 • 2015-08-12: Distribution Release: Kali Linux 2.0
 • 2015-02-10: Distribution Release: Kali Linux 1.1.0
 • 2014-08-25: Distribution Release: Kali Linux 1.0.9
 • 2014-07-22: Distribution Release: Kali Linux 1.0.8
 • More Kali releases...

  Headlines:
 •2018-09-05 How to customize Kali
 •2017-01-19 Kali Linux introduces KLCP professional certification
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Feature 2018.4 2017.3 2016.2 2.0 1.1.0 5-R3 4-R2 3 2 1.0 200605 150405 081004 Feature
Release Date 2018-10-29 2017-11-21 2016-08-31 2015-08-11 2015-02-09 2012-08-13 2010-11-22 2008-06-19 2007-03-06 2006-05-26 2005-06-22 2005-04-15 2004-08-10 Release Date
End Of Life                           End Of Life
Price (US$) Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Price (US$)
Image Size (MB) 800-2900 800-2800                       Image Size (MB)
Free Download ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO Free Download
Installation Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical -- -- -- -- -- -- Installation
Default Desktop Enlightenment, GNOME, KDE Plasma, LXDE, MATE, Xfce GNOME GNOME GNOME GNOME GNOME, KDE KDE KDE KDE KDE KDE KDE IceWM Default Desktop
Package Management DEB DEB DEB DEB DEB DEB DEB TGZ TGZ TGZ DEB DEB DEB Package Management
Release Model Rolling Rolling Rolling Rolling Rolling Rolling Rolling Rolling Rolling Rolling Rolling Rolling Rolling Release Model
Office Suite -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Office Suite
Processor Architecture armel, armhf, i386, x86_64 armel, armhf, i386, x86_64 armel, armhf, i386, x86_64 armel, armhf, i386, x86_64 armel, armhf, i386, x86_64 i386, x86_64 i386 i486 i486 i486 i486 i486 i486 Processor Architecture
Init Software systemd systemd systemd systemd SysV systemd systemd SysV systemd SysV SysV SysV SysV Init Software
Journaled File Systems Btrfs, ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS Btrfs, ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS Btrfs, ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS Btrfs, ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS Btrfs, ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS Btrfs, ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS Btrfs, ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS ext3 ext3 ext3 ext3 ext3 ext3 Journaled File Systems
Multilingual                           Multilingual
Asian Language Support -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Asian Language Support
Full Package List 2018.4 2017.3 2016.2 2.0 1.1.0                 Full Package List
Package 2018.4 2017.3 2016.2 2.0 1.1.0 5-R3 4-R2 3 2 1.0 200605 150405 081004 Package
abiword (3.0.2) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- abiword (3.0.2)
alsa-lib (1.1.7) 1.1.3 1.1.3 1.1.0 1.0.28 1.0.25 1.0.22 1.0.17a 1.0.14a -- 1.0.10 1.0.6 1.0.6 -- alsa-lib (1.1.7)
ati-driver (18.30) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- ati-driver (18.30)
bash (4.4.18) 4.4 4.4 4.3 4.3 4.2 4.1 3.2 3.1 3.1 3.0 3.0 3.0 2.05b bash (4.4.18)
bind (9.13.4) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 9.4.1 9.3.2-P1 9.3.1 9.3.1 9.3.1 8.4.4 bind (9.13.4)
chromium (71.0.3578.80) 69.0.3497.92 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- chromium (71.0.3578.80)
cups (2.2.10) 2.2.8 2.2.6 2.1.4 1.7.5 1.5.3 1.4.3 1.3.9 1.3.7 1.1.23 -- -- -- 1.1.21rc1 cups (2.2.10)
dhcp (4.4.1) 4.3.5 4.3.5 4.3.4 4.3.1 4.2.2 3.1.3 3.1.1 3.0.6 -- 3.0.3 3.0.1 3.0.1 3.0.1rc11 dhcp (4.4.1)
e2fsprogs (1.44.4) 1.44.4 1.43.7 1.43.1 1.42.12 1.42.5 1.41.11 1.41.3 1.39 1.38 1.38 1.35 1.35 1.34 e2fsprogs (1.44.4)
firefox (64.0) 60.2.0 52.4.0 45.3.0 31.8.0 31.4.0 14.0.1 3.0.15 2.0.0.10 1.5.0.7 1.5 1.0 1.0 -- firefox (64.0)
freetype (2.9.1) 2.8.1 2.8.1 2.6.3 2.5.2 2.4.9 2.3.11 2.3.7 2.3.4 2.2.1 -- 2.1.7 2.1.7 2.1.7 freetype (2.9.1)
gcc (8.2.0) 8.1.0 7.2.0 6.1.1 4.9.2 4.7.2 4.4.3 4.3.1 4.1.2 3.4.6 3.3.5 3.3.5 3.3.5 3.3.2 gcc (8.2.0)
gimp (2.10.8) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 2.0.6 2.0.6 1.2.5 gimp (2.10.8)
glibc (2.28) 2.27 2.24 2.23 2.19 2.13 2.11.1 2.11.1 2.5 2.3.6 2.3.5 2.3.2 2.3.2 2.3.2 glibc (2.28)
gnome-shell (3.30.2) 3.30.1 3.26.1 3.20.3 3.14.2 3.4.2 2.28.1git -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gnome-shell (3.30.2)
gnucash (3.3) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gnucash (3.3)
gnumeric (1.12.44) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gnumeric (1.12.44)
grub (2.02) -- -- -- -- -- 1.98 0.97 -- -- -- 0.95 0.95 -- grub (2.02)
gtk+ (3.24.1) 3.24.1 3.22.24 3.20.9 3.14.5 3.4.2 2.20.1 2.14.4 2.10.13 2.8.20 2.6.10 2.6.4 2.4.13 2.4.9 gtk+ (3.24.1)
httpd (2.4.37) 2.4.34 2.4.29 2.4.23 2.4.10 2.2.22 2.2.14 2.2.9 -- -- -- -- -- -- httpd (2.4.37)
inkscape (0.92.3) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- inkscape (0.92.3)
k3b (18.08.3) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 1.0.2 0.12.15 0.12.8 0.11.17 0.11.17 -- k3b (18.08.3)
kmod (25) 25 24 22 18 9 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- kmod (25)
krita (4.1.5) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- krita (4.1.5)
libreoffice (6.1.3) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- libreoffice (6.1.3)
linux (4.19.8) 4.18.10 4.13.10 4.6.4 4.0.4 3.18.3 3.2.6 2.6.35.8 2.6.21.5 2.6.20 2.6.15.6 2.6.11 2.6.9 2.6.7 linux (4.19.8)
Package 2018.4 2017.3 2016.2 2.0 1.1.0 5-R3 4-R2 3 2 1.0 200605 150405 081004 Package
lxpanel (0.9.3) 0.9.3 0.9.3 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- lxpanel (0.9.3)
mariadb (10.3.11) 10.1.29 10.1.26 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- mariadb (10.3.11)
mate-desktop (1.20.3) 1.20.3 1.18.0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- mate-desktop (1.20.3)
mesa (18.3.0) 18.1.7 17.2.4 11.2.2 10.3.2 8.0.5 7.7.1 7.2 6.5.2 -- -- 4.3.0 4.3.0 4.3.0 mesa (18.3.0)
mysql (8.0.13) -- -- 5.6.30 5.5.44 5.5.41 5.1.63 5.0.67 5.0.37 5.0.24a 4.0.24 4.0.23 4.0.23 4.0.17 mysql (8.0.13)
nautilus (3.30.4) 3.30.0 3.26.0 3.20.1 3.14.1 3.4.2 2.31.1 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- nautilus (3.30.4)
NVIDIA (415.18) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- NVIDIA (415.18)
openbox (3.6.1) 3.6.1 3.6.1 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- openbox (3.6.1)
openjdk (10.0.2) 10.0.2 8u151 8u102 7u79 7u75 6b20 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- openjdk (10.0.2)
openssh (7.9p1) 7.8p1 7.6p1 7.3p1 6.7p1 6.0p1 5.3p1 5.1p1 5.0p1 4.4p1 4.2p1 3.8.1p1 3.8.1p1 3.6.1p2 openssh (7.9p1)
openssl (1.1.1a) 1.1.0h 1.1.0g 1.0.2h 1.0.1k 1.0.1e 0.9.8k 0.9.8g 0.9.8e 0.9.8d 0.9.8a 0.9.7d 0.9.7d 0.9.7c openssl (1.1.1a)
perl (5.28.0) 5.26.2 5.26.1 5.22.2 5.20.2 5.14.2 5.10.1 5.10.0 5.8.8 5.8.8 5.8.8 5.8.4 5.8.4 5.8.3 perl (5.28.0)
php (7.3.0) 7.2 7.0.22 7.0.9 5.6.9 5.4.36 5.3.2 5.2.6 5.2.4 -- -- 4.3.10 4.3.10 4.3.3 php (7.3.0)
plasma-desktop (5.14.4) 5.13.5 -- -- -- -- 4.5.3 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- plasma-desktop (5.14.4)
postfix (3.3.2) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- postfix (3.3.2)
postgresql (11.1) 10.5 10.0 9.5.4 9.4.3 9.1.14 -- 8.3.8 8.2.4 8.1.4 8.1.3 -- -- -- postgresql (11.1)
Python (3.7.1) 2.7.15 2.7.14 2.7.11 2.7.9 2.7.3 2.7.1 2.5.2 2.5.1 2.4.3 2.4.1 2.3.4 2.3.4 2.3.3 Python (3.7.1)
qt (5.12.0) 5.11.1 5.9.1 5.6.1 5.3.2 4.8.2 4.7.0 3.3.8b 3.3.8 3.3.6 3.3.4 3.3.3 3.3.3 3.2.3 qt (5.12.0)
samba (4.9.3) 4.8.5 4.7.0 4.4.5 4.1.17 4.0.6 3.4.7 3.2.3 -- 3.0.23c 3.0.20 3.0.8 3.0.8 3.0.7 samba (4.9.3)
systemd (239) 239 235 231 215 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- systemd (239)
thunderbird (60.3.3) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- thunderbird (60.3.3)
vim (8.1) 8.1 8.0 7.4 7.4 7.3 7.2 7.1 -- -- 6.3 6.3 6.3 6.2 vim (8.1)
vlc (3.0.4) -- -- 2.2.1 2.2.0 2.0.3 -- -- -- -- -- -- 0.8.1 -- vlc (3.0.4)
xfdesktop (4.12.4) 4.12.4 4.12.4 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- xfdesktop (4.12.4)
xorg-server (1.20.3) 1.20.1 1.19.5 1.18.4 1.17.2 1.12.4 1.7.6 1.5.2 1.3.0.0 (6.9.0) (6.9.0) -- -- -- xorg-server (1.20.3)

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Version: 2018.4
Rating: 10
Date: 2018-12-01
Votes: 1


I'm using Kali Linux in a VM for penetration testing, natively with the Reason Kernel on a Raspberry Pi 3B+ and Zero W, as well as natively on a GPD pocket.
The VM is doing what it is supposed to do: it's hacking along nicely and it is rock solid. It comes with the minimum set of applications installed but I just had to install "kali-linux-full" as well as libre office and I was all set to do my work.
The Raspbery Pi is an entirely different kettle of fish - it blows Raspbian out of the water. The Re4son Kernel supports most tft screens and there is a touch screen friendly penetration testing interface called "Sticky Fingers" available. It is rock solid and the support is second to none.

Kali supports the GPD pocket better than any other OS, including the official Ubuntu image. I don't know why but it seems that Kali is on some platforms a better general purpose OS than most of the others although being designed for a niche penetration testing market.

One tip: create an unprivileged user account after installation. As a penetration testing platform, it requires root login to run most tools and they don't run well under sudo but, becoming more and more popular for general purpose work like writing reports or reading e-mails, an unprivileged user for the non testing tasks is recommended.


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Version: 2018.3
Rating: 3
Date: 2018-09-23
Votes: 2


the distribution lacks many useful desktop applications that a pentester may use to write a report. communicate securely with its team or just store the pentest results in a secure environment

log in as root by default? seriously?


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Version: 2018.3
Rating: 9
Date: 2018-09-04
Votes: 5


Running on a Raspberry Pi 3 B+. I had to install the re4son kernel to be able to put the wireless device on monitor mode. Despite the kali image having 'nexmon' in its name, it didn't have it by default.

That's it. So thanks to Offensive Security and 're4son', now I have a tiny hacking machine.


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