A release of the Kali Linux 2019.1 distribution is presented, designed to test systems for vulnerabilities, conduct audits, analyze residual information and identify the effects of malicious attacks. All original developments created within the distribution are distributed under the GPL license and are available through a public Git repository. A full iso image (3.2 GB) and a shortened image (929 MB) available. Assemblies are prepared for x86, x86_64, ARM (armhf and armel, Raspberry Pi, Banana Pi, ARM Chromebook, Odroid) architectures. In addition to the basic build with GNOME and the trimmed version, versions with Xfce, KDE, MATE, LXDE and Enlightenment e17 are offered.
Kali includes one of the most comprehensive collections of tools for computer security specialists: from tools for testing web applications and penetrating wireless networks to programs for reading data from RFID identification chips. The kit includes a collection of exploits and more than 300 specialized security checking tools such as Aircrack, Maltego, SAINT, Kismet, Bluebugger, Btcrack, Btscanner, Nmap, p0f. In addition, the distribution includes tools to speed up the selection of passwords (Multihash CUDA Brute Forcer) and WPA keys (Pyrit) through the use of CUDA and AMD Stream technologies, which allow NVIDIA and AMD graphics cards to be used by the GPU to perform computational operations.
The new release has updated versions of the components that are included, including the use of the Linux kernel 4.19 (the last release included the kernel 4.18), the vulnerability analysis platform Metasploit 5.0, as well as theHarvester 3.0.0 and DBeaver 5.2.3 packages. Support for Banana Pi and Banana Pro boards has been added to the build for ARM systems. Unified assemblies for the Raspberry Pi (the kalipi-tft-config script was added to the set-up to configure the TFT LCD, which made it possible to get rid of the separate delivery of images for boards with connected screens).