Kali Linux for the Gemini PDA

Running Kali on a Gem The Gemini PDA from Planet Computers is an ultra-thin, clamshell mobile device with a tactile keyboard. Sporting a 5.99″ screen, QWERTY keyboard, 4G & Wi-Fi, deca-core CPU, and an open source bootloader that supports multi-boot, it caught our attention straight away when it popped up on Indiegogo. It is a great little pocket rocket and having a landscape orientation and hardware keyboard, is well suited…

December 4, 2018

Kali Linux 2018.4 Release

Welcome to our fourth and final release of 2018, Kali Linux 2018.4, which is available for immediate download. This release brings our kernel up to version 4.18.0, fixes numerous bugs, includes many updated packages, and a very experimental 64-bit Raspberry Pi 3 image. New Tools and Tool Upgrades We have only added one new tool to the distribution in this release cycle but it’s a great one. Wireguard is a…

October 29, 2018

Announcing Kali for Vagrant

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. Put simply, with a single configuration file, you can download a base…

October 9, 2018

Making your own Kali Linux Metapackages

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. Before we begin,…

September 18, 2018

Wireguard on Kali

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. Getting Started With Wireguard added to the repos, installation is nice and…

September 11, 2018

My Custom Kali Linux Distribution

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. Jacek’s live-build recipe was for a lightweight version…

September 5, 2018

Kali Linux 2018.3 Release

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 Offensive Security crew. Now that everyone is back home, it’s time for our third Kali release of 2018, which is available for immediate download. Kali 2018.3 brings…

August 21, 2018

Build Kali with Live-Build on Debian Based Systems

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 love it and our users love it. One roadblock of live-build has always been the fact that…

July 18, 2018

Secure Kali Pi 2018

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. As a review, what we are trying to accomplish is to…

July 10, 2018

Installing PowerShell on Kali Linux

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. The repository is for Debian but its packages install perfectly well on Kali, as we will show in this post. PowerShell Package Installation in Kali We begin by installing the necessary dependencies,…

June 6, 2018