New Kali Linux 2017.1 Released, Download Now!!!
Since becoming a rolling distro, updated images have stopped being of much importance for Kali Linux. However, Kali Linux 2017.1 is apparently a major release for this distro with a host of new features and improvements made to this ethical hacking distro.
The official announcement reads as follows:
“As with all new releases, you have the common denominator of updated packages, an updated kernel that provides more and better hardware support, as well as a slew of updated tools – but this release has a few more surprises up its sleeve”
The devil’s in the details
Implementation of drivers for RTL8812AU wireless chipsets, bringing wireless injection attacks to the 802.11 AC standard – possibly the first for an ethical hacking OS – are the main additions in this release. For those who want to install the driver, the command is “sudo apt install realtek-rtl88xxau-dkms” .
Support for Nvidia’s CUDA GPU cracking has been streamlined with this release of Kali Linux. That means ethical hackers now having the ability to utilize the full potential of the Nvidia graphics card when using tools like Pyrit and Hashcat. CUDA GPU cracking also makes its way onto Microsoft Azure and Amazon AWS with this release.
Azure and AWS images of Kali Linux have been created reportedly because Microsoft’s Azure NC-Series and Amazon’s AWS P2-Series appear to offer pass-through GPU support,owing to the cloud based instances’s usage trends for password cracking operations.
To top all of this, OpenVAS 9 open-source vulnerability scanner and manager seems to have been made available in the repos of Kali Linux. Users keen to install it, can do so with the command “sudo apt install openvas”. Kali Linux is now available for download.