Kali Linux 2020.4 arrives with many important changes, get to know them

The new version of Kali Linux 2020.4 has already been released and in this new version of the popular pentest distribution we can find some important changes, such as changing ZSH as default shell, AWS image update, more tools and other things.

For those unfamiliar with Kali Linux, they should know that This system is designed to test systems for vulnerabilities, audit, residual data analysis and identify the consequences of malicious attacks.

Kali Linux 2020.4 Key New Features

This new edition of Kali Linux 2020.4 includes several major changes and of which, the developers They highlight in the announcement that they have completed the switch from Bash to ZSH.

This change so far it has been made within desktop images (i386 and amd64), while the versions that continue with Bash are those of ARM, containers, NetHunter and WSL, although later it is intended that all work with ZSH in the near future.

In our previous quarterly release, 2020.3, we advised that we will be switching from Bash to ZSH as our default shell in the future (when possible). We are happy to announce that after testing and user feedback, the change has occurred. 

Another of the changes that stands out is in the shell image enhancement, Since the announcement shows us the changes that have been made in it from BackTrack:

Moreover, It is mentioned that the Kali Linux developers have made a association with CrackMapExec (Kali has officially teamed up with its author byt3bl33d3r)

This means that all Kali Linux users will have access to the most recent changes in CME before it goes public for everyone elses (30 days prior), as CME's Kali package will pull updates directly from its private codebase.

In addition, Kali Linux 2020.4 includes the update of many of the packages that make up the system, as well as new tools.

On the part of updates, of the most important packages we can find the new version Linux kernel 5.9, the GNOME desktop version 3.38 and KDE version 5.19.

As for the new tools added, we can find the following:

  • apple bleee
  • CertGraph
  • dnscat2
  • FinalRecon
  • goDoH
  • hostapd-mana
  • Metasploit Framework v6
  • whatmask

Kali NetHunter (the mobile pentesting platform of distribution), has a new settings menu to facilitate the backup and restoration of configuration files, as well as a module that ensures the persistence of the Android Magisk rooting system.

WinKeX 2.5 (which provides a Kali desktop experience for the Windows subsystem for Linux) includes a new improved session mode for ARM devices and some other settings.

And for himThe AWS Cloud image has been introduced and included a new metapaquI am called kali-linux-headless, which brings the entire default set of command line tools.

Finally, if you are interested in knowing more about this new release of the distribution, you can consult the publication In the following link.

Download and get Kali Linux 2020.4

For those who are interested in being able to test or directly install the new version of the distro on their computers, they should know that they can download a full ISO image (4.1 GB ver. X64) or a reduced image (3.3 GB ver. X64) which already are available for download on the official website of the distribution.

Builds are available for x86, x86_64, ARM architectures (armhf and armel, Raspberry Pi, Banana Pi, ARM Chromebook, Odroid). In addition to the basic compilation with Gnome and a reduced version, variants are offered with Xfce, KDE, MATE, LXDE and Enlightenment e17.

Finally yes You are already a Kali Linux user, you just have to go to your terminal and execute the following command that will be in charge of updating your system, so it is necessary to be connected to the network to be able to carry out this process.

apt update && apt full-upgrade


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