Kali Linux – New Release 2020.1 with Tools Update

New release have been announced on Kali the penetration testing distribution. 2020.1 include new features and update. The following is a brief feature summary for this release:

  • Non-Root by default
  • Single installer image
  • NetHunter Rootless
  • Improvements to theme & kali-undercover
  • New tools
Kali Linux - New Release 2020.1 with Tools Update
Kali Linux – New Release 2020.1 with Tools Update

Throughout the history of Kali (and its predecessors BackTrack, WHAX, and Whoppix), the default credentials have been root/toor. This is no more. The default user account is now a standard, unprivileged, user.

Tools update cover the following packages:

  • Cloud-enum – Multi-cloud OSINT tool. Enumerate public resources in AWS, Azure, and Google Cloud.
  • EmailHarvester – A tool to retrieve Domain email addresses from Search Engines
  • sherlock – Tool to hunt down social media accounts by username across social networks.
  • splinter – Tool for testing web applications using Python. It lets you automate browser actions, such as visiting URLs and interacting with their items.

The NetHunter now comes in the following three editions:

  • NetHunter – Needs rooted devices with custom recovery and patched kernel. Has no restrictions.
  • NetHunter Light – Needs rooted devices with custom recovery but no custom kernel. Has minor restrictions, i.e. no WiFi injection or HID support.
  • NetHunter Rootless – Installable on all stock standard, unmodified devices using Termux. Some limitations, like lack of db support in Metasploit and no root permissions.

You can read more about this release and update the system over here: https://www.kali.org/releases/kali-linux-2020-1-release

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