Kali Linux’s First Release in 2021 Ships with Xfce 4.16, Linux 5.10 LTS, and New Hacking Tools

Kali Linux 2021


Offensive Security released today the first ISO release of their Debian-based Kali Linux ethical hacking and penetration testing distro in 2021.

Meet Kali Linux 2021.1, a major release that comes three months after the Kali Linux 2020.04 update with numerous improvements, new hacking tools, and all the latest software and security updates. This is the first release of Kali Linux to be powered by the latest and greatest Linux 5.10 LTS kernel series.

The first biggest change in this release is the inclusion of the latest Xfce 4.16 desktop environment, which is used by default in the Kali Linux images. This change alone is so huge that you’ll want to download the Kali Linux 2021.1 release right now and install it on your personal computer.

The second biggest change in Kali Linux’s first 2021 release is the inclusion of new tools for ethical hacking and penetration testing, such as Airgeddon for auditing wireless networks, AltDNS for generating and resolving permutations, alterations and mutations of subdomains, as well as Arjun HTTP parameter discovery suite.

Also included are Chisel, a fast TCP/UDP tunnel over HTTP, DNSGen for generating a combination of domain names from a provided input, DumpsterDiver for searching secrets in various filetypes, and GetAllUrls for fetching known URLs from AlienVault’s Open Threat Exchange, the Wayback Machine, and Common Crawl.

The list continues with GitLeaks, a tool for searching a Git repo’s history for secrets and keys, HTTProbe, a tool for taking a list of domains and probe for working HTTP and HTTPS servers, MassDNS, a high-performance DNS stub resolver for bulk lookups and reconnaissance, PSKracker, a WPA/WPS toolkit for generating default keys/pins, as well as WordlistRaider, a tool for preparing existing wordlists.

Among other noteworthy changes, the Kali Linux 2021.1 release brings various tweaks to make some of the most popular terminal emulators out there more Kali Linux friendly, adds the command-not-found package by default to make it easier for you to install a missing tool or command, and adds support for Raspberry Pi 400’s wireless card in the ARM port.

Kali Linux 2021.1 is available for download right now from the official website as Installe, NetInstall or Live images for both 32-bit and 64-bit systems. However, if you’re already using Kali Linux on your machine, simply update it to receive all the goodies mentioned above and much more.

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