Kali Linux 2022.1 released: new tools, kali-linux-everything, visual changes
Offensive Security has released Kali Linux 2022.1, the latest version of its popular open source penetration testing platform.
Visually refreshed and with improved usability for visually impaired users, it also comes with a new “kali-linux-everything” image, wider compatibility for Kali’s SSH client, and new tools.
Visual and audio changes and improvements
Kali Linux 2022.1 includes:
- New wallpapers for desktop, login and start screens
- An updated install theme and default browser landing page
- Improved the functions, theme and layout of the boot menu present in ISO images
- The right prompt has been removed from the default ZSH shell, and the skull in the root prompt has been replaced with a stylized K symbol (but users can switch back to the skull if they wish)
Additionally, the text-to-speech feature to assist blind and visually impaired Kali users has been discontinued and has now been fixed.
A new “flavor” and wider compatibility for Kali’s SSH client
The new “kali-linux-everything” image provides users who need all Kali tools pre-installed with a full offline standalone image (ISO). Due to its size, however, it will initially only available for download by torrent.
Kali’s SSH client can now be set to extended compatibility, to make it easier to log in and discover old vulnerable SSH servers.
“In extended compatibility mode, legacy key exchange algorithms (such as diffie-hellman-*-sha1) and old ciphers (such as CBC) are enabled. As a result, the tools used inside Kali are able to communicate using these deprecated methods. This is done to help increase Kali’s ability to communicate with older, deprecated SSH servers that still use these older protocols. Older services that use it may be in the end lifetime, increasing the chances of discovering vulnerabilities or other issues,” the developers said. Explain.
New tools in Kali Linux 2022.1
- dnsx – A versatile DNS toolkit that allows users to run multiple DNS queries
- email2phonenumber – An OSINT tool to find out a target’s phone number if you only have their email address
- naabu – A simple and reliable port scanner
- cores – Targeted analysis based on models
- PoshC2 – A proxy-aware C2 framework with post-mining and lateral movement
- bring closer – A swiss army knife proxy tool for capturing, manipulating and replaying HTTP/HTTPS traffic
Download Kali Linux 2022.1
For details on the latest changes, see Offensive Security’s blog post.
While you’re here, you might want to check out an opinion piece from Offensive Security CEO Ning Wang – Why Automated Pentesting Won’t Solve the Cybersecurity Skills Gap or read more about how creators of Kali Linux plan to handle the future of penetration testing.