A Detailed Guide on Kali Linux

A detailed guide on kali linux-

Kali Linux is a Debian-derived Linux distribution designed for digital forensics and penetration testing. It is maintained and funded by Offensive Security Ltd. It was developed by Mati Aharoni and Devon Kearns of Offensive Security through the rewrite ofBackTrack, their previous forensics Linux distribution.[2]

Kali Linux is preinstalled with over 600 penetration-testing programs, including nmap (a port scanner), Wireshark (a packet analyzer), John the Ripper (a password cracker), Aircrack-ng (a software suite for penetration-testing wireless LANs), Burp suite andOWASP ZAP (both web application security scanners).[3][4] Kali Linux can run natively when installed on a computer’s hard disk, can be booted from a live CD or live USB, or 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 exploits.[3]

Kali Linux is distributed in 32- and 64-bit images for use on hosts based on the x86 instruction set, and as an image for the ARM architecture for use on the BeagleBoard computer and on Samsung’s ARM Chromebook.[5]

Kali Linux is based on Debian Wheezy. Most packages Kali uses are imported from the Debian repositories.[6]  (the above details are copied from wikipedia)

Features of kali everyone should know

Full Customisation of Kali ISOs

Full customisation of Kali ISOs with live-build allowing you to create your own Kali Linux images – Kali Linux is heavily integrated with live-build, allowing endless flexibility in customising and tailoring every aspect of your Kali Linux ISO images. Want a non-root user, KDE version of Kali with only the top 10 tools installed? We have a Kali Linux live build recipe for that!

Kali Linux ISO of Doom and Other Kali Recipes

The Kali Linux ISO of doom – a great example of the flexibility of live-build, and the types and complexity of customisations possible. Build a self installing, reverse VPN auto-connecting, network bridging Kali image – for the perfect hardware backdoor.

Kali Linux Live USB with LUKS Encrypted Persistence

Kali Linux Live USB persistence with LUKS encryption – Kali has extensive support for USB live installs, allowing for features such as file persistence or full (USB) disk encryption.

Kali Linux Live USB with Multiple Persistence Stores

Kali Linux Live USB with multiple persistence stores – What’s more, Kali Linux supports multiple persistence USB stores on a single USB drive. You can create a live Kali USB bootable drive which supports encryption and multiple store profiles.

for more features go to official https://www.kali.org/kali-linux-features/

The Differences Between Kali & BackTrack

Those of you who are using BackTrack, don’t worry, things are very similar. Some tools are in different places, but in general, Kali is very similar to BackTrack. One of the first things you may notice different about Kali is that it is built on Debian Linux instead of Ubuntu Linux. This won’t create dramatic differences, but some subtle ones.

One of the reasons that the folks at Offensive Security gave for converting from Ubuntu to Debian is that they are not comfortable with the direction that Ubuntu is going. BackTrack was built on Ubuntu 10.04 and that Ubuntu release was scheduled for non-support. That would have left BackTrack without an Ubuntu release they were both comfortable with and had support.

The transition from Ubuntu to Debian should not be difficult as Ubuntu began as a fork of Debian and share many of the same features and conventions.

The Advantages of Using Kali Over BackTrack

Some of the advantages of using Kali include the following.

  • The GNOME interface, if you are familiar with it.
  • Some new tools.
  • Updates on some old tools such as Metasploit, p0f, etc.
  • Continuity into the future as Ubuntu pursues its own agenda that is inconsistent with hacking and security.
  • You can now invoke any tool from any directory as all tool directories are in the PATH variable.
  • We now have a build specifically designed for the ARM architecture.

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Rajendra Choudhary

Rajendra Choudhary is a engineering student and a professional blogger. His free time is spent on blogging, wordpress, creating videos for youtube channel to share his knowledge with rest of us

  • Callie

    nice work.tutorial is so detailed.

    • Rajendra Choudhary