Kali Linux 2019.4 Tutorials, Installation Guides

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Kali Linux 2019.4 tutorials, how to's and installation guides for the apsiring hacker (Grey or Black) / White Hat Pentester.

Kali Linux is a Debian Stable derived Linux distribution, designed for digital forensics and penetration testing aka hacking.

The distro has come a long way, since its BackTrack R5 days and is now stable enough for me to enjoy it the way it should be enjoyed.

If you are or where a Debian user, you will feel right home, the installation menu is 100% Debian, only with Kali Linux logos instead.

Although based on Debian Stable 10 "Buster", there are some slight differences you will notice rather quickly.

Since, most people recommend you install a separate Debian Stable 10 Buster and add it to the GRUB-bootloader for doing all your day-to-day business, using it and then when it is time for hacking, you load Kali Linux.

Personal opinion: Kali Linux is finally stable enough for dayily use. I did create a non-root user for the daily use and so far it works very good.

Kali Linux has over 600 pre-installed penetration-testing programs:

It was developed by Mati Aharoni and Devon Kearns of Offensive Security through the rewrite of BackTrack R5, their previous information security testing Linux distribution, based on Knoppix.

Kali Linux 2019.4 tutorials, installation guides for the apsiring hacker.

The third core developer, Raphaël Hertzog, joined them as a Debian expert.

2019.4 includes some exciting new updates:

  • Armitage (a graphical cyber attack management tool)
  • Nmap (a port scanner)
  • Wireshark (a packet analyzer)
  • John the Ripper password cracker
  • Aircrack-ng (a software suite for penetration-testing wireless LANs)
  • Burp suite and OWASP ZAP web application security scanners.
  • Kali Linux can run natively when installed on a computer's hard disk, but can also be booted from a live CD or live USB.
  • It can run within a virtual machine.
  • It is a supported platform of the Metasploit Project's Metasploit Framework, a tool for developing and executing security exploit.
  • A new default desktop environment, Xfce
  • New GTK3 theme (for Gnome and Xfce)
  • Introduction of “Kali Undercover” mode
  • Kali Documentation has a new home and is now Git powered
  • Public Packaging – getting your tools into Kali
  • Kali NetHunter KeX – Full Kali desktop on Android
  • BTRFS during setup
  • Added PowerShell
  • The kernel is upgraded to version 5.3.9
  • Plus the normal bugs fixes and updates.

Kali Linux is based on the Debian Testing branch.

Most packages Kali uses are imported from the Debian repositories.

The first release (version 1.0) happened in March 2013 and was based on Debian 7 “Wheezy”, Debian’s stable distribution at the time.

In that first year of development, they packaged hundreds of pen-testing-related applications and built the infrastructure.

Even though the number of applications is significant, the application list has been meticulously curated, dropping applications that no longer worked or that duplicated features already available in better programs.

During the two years following version 1.0, Kali released many incremental updates, expanding the range of available applications and improving hardware support, thanks to newer kernel releases.

With some investment in continuous integration, they ensured that all important packages were kept in an installable state and that customized live images (a hallmark of the distribution), could always be created.

With version 2019.4 in November 2019, the default user interface was switched from GNOME to Xfce, with a GNOME version still available and the possibility to install Cinnamon desktop.

The new 'Incognito mode', doesn't really satisfy my needs, so I will be using Xfce, which is faster, than Cinnamon, but lacks those quick-button commands.

How to install:

Download the correct image (64-bits link), via torrent is strongly recommended.

Burn the DVD-R or RW disc using K3B, XfBurn or other, supporting .ISO-files

When done burning your new OS-disc, re-boot and press F2 or F12, depending on the Notebook manufacturer.

Once burned, re-boot and install Kali Linux, using the encryption option !

IMPORTANT: Its for your on personal privacy and security, that you should encrypt your SSD or HDD.

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