Kali Linux 2023.4 Releases with New Hacking Tools

The latest iteration of Kali Linux, version 2023.4, has been unveiled by Offensive Security as the year concludes and the holiday season approaches. Kali Linux, a Debian-derived operating system, is specifically tailored for ethical hacking and penetration testing, positioning itself as an advanced, free, and open-source OS within this niche.

Offensive Security diligently releases annual updates for Kali Linux, a Linux-based distribution geared towards penetration testing and hacking activities. While its primary focus isn’t on end-user features, the new release introduces fresh platforms and substantial improvements behind the scenes.

Kali Linux boasts an array of Information Security tools meticulously designed for various penetration testing endeavors, encompassing security research, reverse engineering, red team testing, penetration testing, computer forensics, and vulnerability management.

In addition to general news and features, the 2023.4 release includes updates to packages, featuring new tools and upgrades. Noteworthy highlights include:

New Platforms and Features:

  1. Cloud ARM64: ARM64 support is now available on Amazon AWS and Microsoft Azure marketplaces.
  2. Vagrant Hyper-V: Vagrant now supports Hyper-V.
  3. Raspberry Pi 5: Kali Linux is now compatible with the latest Raspberry Pi foundation device.
  4. GNOME 45: Kali’s theme is updated to match the latest versions.
Kali Linux 2023.4

Internal Infrastructure:

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New Tools in Kali Linux 2023.4:

  1. cabby: Implementation of a TAXII client.
  2. cti-taxii-client: TAXII 2 client library.
  3. enum4linux-ng: Next-generation version of enum4linux with additional features (a Windows/Samba enumeration tool).
  4. exiflooter: Discovers geolocation on all image URLs and directories.
  5. h8mail: Email OSINT and password breach hunting tool.
  6. Havoc: Modern and malleable post-exploitation command and control framework.
  7. OpenTAXII: TAXII server implementation.
  8. PassDetective: Scans shell command history to detect mistakenly written passwords, API keys, and secrets.
  9. Portspoof: Emulates services by keeping all 65535 TCP ports open.
  10. Raven: Lightweight HTTP file upload service.
  11. ReconSpider: Most Advanced Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) Framework.
  12. rling: RLI Next Gen (Rling), a faster multi-threaded, feature-rich alternative to rli.
  13. Sigma-Cli: Lists and converts Sigma rules into query languages.
  14. sn0int: Semi-automatic OSINT framework and package manager.
  15. SPIRE: SPIFFE Runtime Environment – a toolchain of APIs for establishing trust between software systems.

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Miscellaneous Changes:

  1. The newsletter provider has been changed to SubStack.
  2. The VMware issue in Offensive Security’s pre-gen VMs is fixed.
  3. KDE has issues in virtual machines, with functions like shared clipboard not working.
  4. Support for the QT6 themes was added.
  5. Python v3.12 PIP install change is coming soon.

ARM Updates:

  1. The Raspberry Pi Zero W image now starts in the command line interface, not X.
  2. Remote network configuration access is fixed.
  3. For the ARM64 platform, eyewitness is now available.

New Kali Mirrors:

  1. Japan: repo.jing.rocks
  2. Serbia: mirror1.sox.rs

How to Get Kali Linux 2023.4:

Existing Kali Linux users can swiftly upgrade to the latest version by following these steps:

echo "deb http://http.kali.org/kali kali-rolling main contrib non-free non-free-firmware" | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list
sudo apt update && sudo apt -y full-upgrade
cp -vrbi /etc/skel/. ~/
[ -f /var/run/reboot-required ] && sudo reboot -f

To check the current version:

grep VERSION /etc/os-release
uname -v
uname -r

To download the latest version of Kali Linux (Kali Linux 2023.4), visit the official website.

For those new to Kali Linux, the latest version (Kali Linux 2023.4) can be downloaded in 32-bit or 64-bit from the official website.

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