Offensive Security has announced on January 21, 2016, that their popular penetration testing operating system, Kali Linux, is getting a rolling release edition, at the request of numerous users.
Kali Linux 2016.1 is the first version of the Kali Linux Rolling Edition
Kali Linux is one of the most used and powerful penetration operating system on the world
with this new update, you finally can get new updated packages fast without having to wait ages
it brings you the latest and greatest penetration testing tools, as well as a fresh base synchronized with the upstream software repositories of the stable Debian GNU/Linux 9.0
Every time a new tool is updated, it’s tracked, packaged, tested and released within 24-48 hours by the Kali dev team.
The new rolling system has been tested over a period of 5 months and it appears to be stable
To get a better understanding of the changes that this brings to Kali, a clearer picture of how rolling releases work is needed. Rather than Kali basing itself off standard Debian releases (such as Debian 7, 8, 9) and going through the cyclic phases of “new, mainstream, outdated”, the Kali rolling release feeds continuously from Debian testing, ensuring a constant flow of the latest package versions.
Kali Linux requirements :
At least 10GB hard disk space
512MB Ram for i386 and amd64 architectures and this is the minimum just to start it up!
A bootable CD-DVD Drive or a USB stick and you can simply use only the ISO file to install it on vmware .
How to update to Kali linux 2016.1
1) Backup your data
2) Download Kali Linux and burn the new ISO from kali linux download
3) Format the partition and do a fresh install of the new distro
open a terminal window as root and issue the following commands:
cat << EOF > /etc/apt/sources.list deb http://http.kali.org/kali kali-rolling main non-free contrib EOF apt-get update apt-get dist-upgrade # get a coffee, or 10. reboot
Please note that the sana repository EOL is planned to be on 15th April 2016. After that date there won’t be future updates, so it is advisable to migrate to Kali linux 2016.1 as soon as possible.
how to install Kali Linux on VMware
- Download Kali Linux iso
- If you have 64bit CPU download 64bit copy, if not sure download 32 bit and it will work on both
- After downloading the file go to vmware
- Create a new machine
- Linux > Debian 7.x
- select a maximum disk size for Kali > select at least 30 GB’s as Kali tends to expand over time. I install it many times for testing over and over and it even works with 10GB so it’s up to you and how much space you are going to give!
- After you’ve entered your desired value change the next option to Store virtual disk as a single file and click Next. ( sorting it as a single file will make the reading and writing much faster
- Select Memory
- after click on next,
- Click on Customize hardware
- Select Memory in the left pane of the window, and slide the slider on the right side to at least 512 MB
- Click Finish and run your new VMware Check this Video for next Steps
kali linux vmVMware Tools simply and easy install As of Sept 2015, VMware recommends using the distribution-specific open-vm-tools instead of the VMware Tools package for guest machines.
Kali linux was tested and works correctly with open-vm-tools.
To install them, simply open a new terminal window as root and issue the following commands:
Youtube Video: Install VMware Tools on Kali Linux
apt-get update apt-get install open-vm-tools-desktop -y reboot
if you have any problem when you try to install VMware tools on kali Linux maybe it causes your source file needs to be fixed!
if so check this post Fix Kali Linux sources.list Repositories
and if you had any error let me know by comment ,
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
tools are arranged into 13 categories:
01- Information Gathering
02- Vulnerability Analysis
03- Wireless Attacks
04- Web Application
05- Exploitation Tools
06- Forensic Tools
07- Stress Testing
08- Sniffing & Spoofing
09- Password Attacks
10- Maintaining Access
11- Reverse Engineering
12- Hardware Hacking
13- Reporting Tools
kali linux default user : root
kali linux default password : toor