Kali Linux 2017.1: The Professional Penetration-Testing Distro!

Kali Linux really needs no introduction today. It is the de-facto open source, Debian-based operating system for penetration testing, vulnerability assessments, digital forensics and wireless assessments.  It is one of those operating systems that I see being actively developed and has a huge and helpful community. This post talks about the improvements and new tool additions in the latest open source Kali Linux 2017.1 Rolling release.

Kali Linux
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What’s new in Kali Linux 2017.1?

  1. Support for RTL8812AU Wireless Card Injection: This release bundles the drivers for RTL8812AU wireless chipsets that are not normally included in the Linux Kernel. These drivers have also been modified to allow for injection so that your favourite ALFA AWUS036ACH can work seamlessly. All you need to do is: apt-get update && apt-get install realtek-rtl88xxau-dkms -y
  2. Streamlined Support for CUDA GPU Cracking: Improvements in packaging and installing proprietary graphics drivers now allow you an easier GPU cracking experience. So now, you can efficiently crack NetNTLMv2, etc hashes using Hashcat, Pyrit and such tools after you install the relevant OpenCL ICD Loader, Drivers, and the CUDA toolkit – locally and in the cloud!
  3. Amazon AWS and Micsosoft Azure Availability (GPU Support): AWS and Azure images of Kali Linux that support CUDA GPU cracking out of the box on Amazon’s AWS P2-Series and Microsoft’s Azure NC-Series are also available!
  4. OpenVAS 9 – though still not included by default – is now included officially in the source repositories and can be easily installed by: apt-get update && apt-get install openvas -y

In addition, this release has Ophcrack v3.7.0, Zed Attack Proxy (ZAP) 2.6.0, HackRF 2017.02.1, Wireshark 2.2.4, Hashcat 3.30, Nmap 7.40, WPScan 2.9.2, fern-wifi-cracker v2.4, p0f 3.09b, MaltegoCE, Gobuster v1.2, Commix 1.3 and the latest Linux 4.7 kernel.

Download Kali Linux:

As we all know, you can simply run apt-dist update && apt-get dist-upgrade to update to the latest Kali Linux version. However, if you want to download VMWare, VirtualBox, Hyper-V or ARM images (such as Kali-Linux-2017.1-vm-amd64.7z), simply go on to this page. Do not forget to check out the updated Kali Linux official documentation too!