In the Linux world there are tons of distributions, too many for some who prefer "less fragmentation" and probably few for those who have not yet found their site. There are the most normal systems, that is, those for the average user such as Ubuntu or Fedora, but there are also options designed for use in schools and others like the one that motivates this post, which are ethical hacking, that is, to check the safety of our appliances. And a few hours ago we have available the second version of the year of the Offensive Security proposal, Kali Linux 2021.2.
Among the novelties that Kali Linux 2021.2 includes, taking into account that they practically always include new tools, I think it highlights what they have called Kali-Tweaks, which is not a tool to check the security of anything, but rather a program to configure the operating system to make it our own. If by the name you have thought that it is like GNOME Tweaks (gnome-tweaks), it is not; This "Tweaks" is used to install or uninstall some packages, change the repositories for those of a different branch, change the prompt and virtualization options between two or one line.
Highlights of Kali Linux 2021.2
- Kaboxer v1.0 released: containerized applications.
- Kali-Tweaks v1.0 released: a way to make it easier to configure Kali Linux to our liking, but only as mentioned above.
- Renewed Bleeding-Edge Branch: They have done a complete overhaul of their backend which produces packages for the latest updates.
- Disabling privileged ports: Opening a listener on ports 1024 / TCP-UDP and below no longer requires superuser access.
- New tools added: Ghidra and Visual Studio Code. Along with CloudBrute, Dirsearch, Feroxbuster, pacu, peirates, and Quark-Engine.
- Theme improvements: They have added a way to quickly switch between the single and double terminal prompt and have made adjustments to Xfce4 Quick launch + the file manager.
- Desktop Background and Login Background Updates - Default images have changed with more to choose from.
- Raspberry Pi Images Reloaded: Full support for the RPi 400, bluetooth built in and working, and the first run timeout has been dramatically reduced.
- Kali NetHunter support for Android 11.
- More Docker support: now supports ARM64 and ARM v7 (along with the older AMD64).
- Parallels Support: Kali is fully compatible with Apple M1 users who own Parallels.
- Various bug fixes: patched Pkexec, Wireshark permissions, command not found issues, and more accessibility features have been resolved