Six months after v5.0 of this operating system whose name translates into Spanish as "parrot", the company has launched the first timely update, which should not be confused with the maintenance ones, which are the ones that change the third digit. Although they are not totally new versions, those are usually the ones that change the first number, the ones that change the second digit do include new functions, and Parrot 5.1 has been advertised with some of them.
For example, on every new release you have to take a look at what kernel is being used. Parrot 5.1 uses Linux 5.18, which will initially improve support for newer hardware, more specifically hardware that has been released in the last four months or so. Below you have the most outstanding list of novelties that has arrived together with v5.1 of the Linux parrot that looks after security.
Parrot 5.1 highlights
- Linux 5.18.
- Updated docker, in Parrot 5.1 a dedicated parrot.run image registry is provided along with the default docker.io. All images are now multi-architecture, and support amd64 and arm64.
- Many packages have been updated and backported, such as Golang 1.19 and LibreOffice 7.4. To install these backports you have to open a terminal and type
sudo apt update && sudo apt full-upgrade -t parrot-backports.
- Firefox's own profile has received a major update that improves privacy and security.
- Most of the tools have been updated to newer versions, especially the reverse engineering ones like rizin and rizin-cutter. Other major updates include updates to metasploit, exploitdb, and other popular tools.
- AnonSurf 4.0, an update the company labels "major." The new version provides important bug fixes and reliability updates, is fully compatible with Debian systems without the old resolvconf configuration, has a new user interface with an improved system tray icon and configuration dialog, and offers a better user experience overall.
- Improvements in Parrot IoT (from the Interlet of Things). Support for Raspberry Pi boards has been improved, and now supports WiFi from the Raspberry Pi 400.
Parrot 5.1 can now be downloaded from this link in Home, Security, Pwnbox, Cloud, Architect and Raspberry Pi versions. Ethical hacking is Security.