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UPDATE: Kali Linux 2019.3 Release

Kali Linux 2019.3, the latest and the greatest Kali Linux release is now officially available! This is the third 2019 release, which comes after Kali Linux 2019.2. This release includes the normal bugs fixes, updates the kernel to version 5.2.9, and includes various new features across the board with NetHunter, ARM and packages. This is the first Kali Linux LXD container image release as well!


Kali Linux 2019.3

What’s new in Kali Linux 2019.3?

On the services front, one of the first changes you will see is that Kali Linux images now uses the CloudFlare content delivery network (CDN) for file distribution purposes. A status page – status.kali.org providing you with an overview of all Kali Linux’es public facing domains is also available. It allows you to check if they are responding correctly.

When it comes to the OS, the move towards metapackages is going smoothly. Going ahead, tools will be evaluated according to the following groups:​

  • 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 (available without Internet access during the assessment)

Kali Linux 2019.3 also contains a few “helper scripts”, which include a brief description about the package you are trying to invoke along with a directory listing. You are then moved to the folder on the CLI. Currently released Kali Linux helper scripts include windows-binaries, mimikatz, windows-privesc-check, Windows Credentials Editor (WCE), seclists, webshells, wordlists, powersploit and powercat.

The following tools have been updated: HostAPd-WPE 2.9, Burp Suite 2.1.02, Nmap 7.80, Kismet 2019-04-R1 and Hyperion crypter 2.0. Additionally, Amass v2.3.0 and Payloadsallthethings have also been added to this release. This release also takes care that virtualization related packages are automatically installed.

With this release kali-defaults 2019.3.9 now disables gnome-software-service on session startup by diverting the file in /etc/xdg/autostart/. It also contains supplementary gsettings to cope with the other errors. base-files 2019.3.0 disables the APT timers by default. However, you now need the newer ISO file for this to work properly.

Coming to the mobile platform updates, the NetHunter app store now has two new tools – Rucky (a HID Keyboard Rubber Ducky attack launcher) and my favourite Termux. The following devices now find support as well LG V20 International Edition, Nexus 5X, Nexus 10 and OnePlus 7. OnePlus 7 is now the phone recommend for Kali NetHunter. For ARM devices this release, support for the PINEBOOK as well as the Gateworks Ventana machines has been added. 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. The ODROID-C2 kernel has been bumped to version 3.16.72 as well.

Download Kali Linux 2019.3:

As we all know, you can simply run apt update && apt -y full-upgrade to update to the latest Kali Linux version. Or, if you would like to download ISO images (kali-linux-2019.3-amd64.iso/kali-linux-2019.3-i386.iso), visit this page. However, if you want to download VMWare, VirtualBox, Hyper-V or ARM images (such as Kali-Linux-2019.3-vm-amd64.7z), simply go on to this page. If you are looking for Kali Linux NetHunter downloads, visit this page.

Do not forget to check out the updated Kali Linux official documentation too! Also, don’t forget to check out the online version of Kali Linux Revealed book here.

A week ago an update – Merlin v0.8.0 was released. There was a brief mention about Merlin in my post titled – List of Open Source C2 Post-Exploitation Frameworks. This new version includes several new features to increase Operations Security (OPSEC) and usability. One of the more notable features was the introduction of the augmented

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