Offensive Security promised us something "amazing" some time ago and they have kept their promise. A few moments ago, they launched Kali Linux 2019.4, the fourth stable version of 2019 that has arrived with many interesting news. For those who are unfamiliar with this Linux distribution, it is an operating system specially designed to check the security of some types of software and hardware. The most practical example is that it allows us to check if our WiFi network uses a password and / or secure encryption.
As we can see in the release note, Kali Linux 2019.4 arrives full of news. Among the most outstanding, we can mention that they have renewed their image or they have updated the kernel to Linux 5.3.9. Below you have the list of the most outstanding news that have arrived together with the latest stable version of this ethical hacking distribution.
Highlights of Kali Linux 2019.4
- Linux 5.3.9.
- New default graphical environment: XFCE. Offensive Security says the new graphical environment offers better performance in a more modern image.
- New GTK3 theme (for GNOME and XFCE).
- Kali Undercover mode has been included.
- Kali Documentation has a fresh start and is now powered by Git.
- Public Packaging - allows you to add our tools to Kali.
- Kali NetHunter KeX - Complete Kali desktop from Android.
- BTRFS during configuration.
- Added PowerShell.
- Common bug fixes and updates.
What deserves a separate mention is NetHunter KeX, which allows us to couple an Android device to an HDMI output and a keyboard and mouse to obtain a desktop experience with Kali. In this mode, the engine would be our mobile:
This is a feature that you have to see to believe. Until you experience it, you won't fully understand what this provides. With a strong enough phone, this is very similar to using a good full-featured portable ARM desk that fits in your pocket. The possible ways to take advantage of this in evaluations are huge
Kali Linux 2019.4 It is now available from the project's download website which you can access from this link. Like in past versions, is available in normal and Light versions and in MATE, GNOME, KDE, LXDE and ARMhf graphical environments, in addition to XFCE now by default.