NEW Release of Kali Linux 2019.3

We are pleased to announce that the third release of 2019, Kali Linux 2019.3, is available immediately for download. This release brings our kernel up to version 5.2.9, and includes various new features across the board with NetHunter, ARM and Packages (plus the normal bugs fixes and updates).​

Updated Features

CloudFlare

Kali Linux is Open Source, and Cloudflare hearts Open Source – so it’s a perfect match! As a result, CloudFlare has graciously allowed us to use their content delivery network (CDN) to mirror our repository, allowing us to now distribute our content through them. A more technical breakdown can be found on their blog.

Metapackages

We already announced the changes to metapackages in a previous blog post, and the Kali tool listing page goes into more detail on it. However, to recap, the default toolset going forward has changed. To help with this transition, for this release only (Kali 2019.3), there is a one-off, extra image called kali-linux-large-2019.3-amd64.iso, that contains all previous default tools.​

Going forward, during our release cycle, we will be evaluating which tools belong to each group:​

  • Kali-linux-default – tools we believe are essential to a penetration tester
  • Kali-linux-large – for penetration testers who have a wider set of non standard/common situations
  • Kali-linux-everything – for those who want it all (and without Internet access during the assessment)

Tool Updates & New Packages

As always, we have our updates for all our tools, including (but not limited to):​

​There is a new tool (and it is included by default), amass, that has been well received in the bug bounty world.

GNOME Users

If you use the default Kali image, it is (currently) using GNOME for the desktop environment. If you used the command line for a period of time, chances are you noticed it was refreshing the repositories in the background. This has now been disabled.

“The quieter you become, the more you are able to hear”​

NetHunter Updates

The NetHunter crew has been adding in features left, right, and center to their project. One thing to note is package management is done through the F-Droid compatible NetHunter store, so you can even choose to have a NetHunter device without any Google Play.

​The proxmark3 client supports RDV4 out of the box and NetHunter now also works with Android’s new partition layouts (A/B partitions no longer have one boot partition and one recovery partition. They are all the same, but twice! A few paths have also changed, such as /system now actually being under /system/system), which allows it to be built for the latest generation of devices.

There are 4 additional images for you to try NetHunter on (some may look familiar, as they are back due to community demand):​

  • LG V20 International Edition
  • Nexus 5X
  • Nexus 10
  • OnePlus 7 (Our new flagship device!)
NetHunter 2019.3

With this announcement, the OnePlus 7 is now the phone we recommend for Kali NetHunter. It is the latest and greatest flagship device for half the price of other devices. The specifications are as follows:

  • Snapdragon 855
  • 8GB RAM
  • 256GB storage
  • Still cheaper than Google pixel 3a (mid-range phone!) 😉

And here is a sneaky peak at the new boot animation, across all devices:

Boot Animation

ARM Update

For ARM devices this release, we have added support for the PINEBOOK as well as the Gateworks Ventana machines.

The RaspberryPi kernel has been bumped to version 4.19.66, which includes support for all of the RAM on 64-bit versions of the RaspberryPi 4. The RaspberryPi Zero W has seen improvements as well.

All of the RaspberryPi images have had their /boot partition increased, which is required due to the size of the new kernel packages.

The ODROID-C2 has been bumped to the 3.16.72 for its kernel.

All images now run dpkg-reconfigure xfonts-base on their first boot – this will cause a bit of a slow down for the first boot, but the result is that if you use VNC to any of them, they will no longer show a blank screen.

On the WSL front, we have added WSL ARM64 support, which you can find in the Windows store today.​

Official Kali Linux LXD Container Image Released

LXD is a next generation system container manager. It offers a user experience similar to virtual machines but using Linux containers instead.

It is image based with pre-made images available for a wide number of Linux distributions and we are excited to announce that Kali Linux is now one of them. We are working on the documentation but would like to share the excellent article from Simos Xenitellis in which he details how to install and run Kismet in a LXD Kali container.​

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