Kali Linux has released its first release of the year with 2021.1. The new release brings in several new features, new tools, and improvements. So let’s see what’s new in Kali Linux 2021.1.
Kali Linux is a great Linux distribution for penetration testing. With the huge list of tools available in the repository, one can perform almost any type of test on a device or system.
The new version includes package updates to their latest version including the desktop environments Xfce and KDE. Kali Linux 2021.1 ships with Xfce 4.16 and KDE 5.20. The default desktop environment is Xfce but Kali Linux is capable of running almost any major desktop environment such as GNOME, KDE, LXDE, Englightenment, etc.
For more information on how to install a specific desktop environment in Kali Linux, please refer to this guide.
If you use Ubuntu then you’re already aware of this little feature. Whenever you try to run a command that is not available, the terminal returns a command to install the tool. Similarly, if you mistype a command, the terminal returns a suggestion with possibly a valid command.
Kali Linux 2021.1 now offers the same functionality. If you are ever lost, the terminal will save you a little bit of time searching the package or command and directly through the necessary information.
During the 2020.4 release, Kali team partnered with byt3bl33d3r and continuing the same partnership, Kali Linux giving early access to Empire and StarKiller. The new partnership with Joohoi gives early access to ffuf‘s (Fuzz Faster U Fool) new features.
And what is more useful than new tools? Kali Linux 2021.1 has a big list of new tools availbale in the repo from auditing wireless network to searching git repositories for secrets and keys to HTTP parameter discovery tool.
Kali Linux has moved their website kali.org from WordPress to Hugo. Hugo, written in GO, known for creating static websites that are fast.
In 2020, Apple announced its own processor called Apple Silicon. They have started transition from Intel processor to Apple Silicon. Kali Linux has released installer image as well as live image to be run with VMs on Apple devices running on Apple Silicon.
If you are already running Kali Linux, you can upgrade to 2021.1 easily.
echo "deb http://http.kali.org/kali kali-rolling main non-free contrib" | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list
sudo apt update && sudo apt -y full-upgrade
Lastly, run the following command to reboot your computer –
[ -f /var/run/reboot-required ] && sudo reboot -f
That’s it. You now have upgraded to the latest Kali Linux version. For information on things to do after installing Kali Linux, please visit this guide.
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