Kali Linux Changelog

New in version 2.0

August 12th, 2015
  • So, what’s new in Kali 2.0? There’s a new 4.0 kernel, now based on Debian Jessie, improved hardware and wireless driver coverage, support for a variety of Desktop Environments (gnome, kde, xfce, mate, e17, lxde, i3wm), updated desktop environment and tools – and the list goes on. But these bulletpoint items are essentially a side effect of the real changes that have taken place in our development backend

New in version 1.1.0 (February 9th, 2015)

  • The new release runs a 3.18 kernel, patched for wireless injection attacks.
  • Our ISO build systems are now running off live-build 4.x.
  • Improved wireless driver support, due to both kernel and firmware upgrades.
  • NVIDIA Optimus hardware support.
  • Updated virtualbox-tool, openvm-tools and vmware-tools packages and instructions.
  • A whole bunch of fixes and updates from our bug-tracker changelog.
  • And most importantly, we changed grub screens and wallpapers!

New in version 1.0.9 (August 26th, 2014)

  • Rasberry Pi B+ ARM Image Support:
  • We are pleased to announce that we have updated our Raspberry Pi Kali image to support the new B+ model so that now it works out of the box. This single image now supports all Raspberry Pi models.
  • Odroid U3, Cubox-i ARM Images Added:
  • We have also included two more images to our Kali ARM image collection for the Odroid U3 and Cubox-i ARM computers. Each of these have interesting use cases as both their small form factor and specs are formidable. All of these news scripts can be found in our Offensive Security Github page.
  • New Kali Tools Website:
  • After many months of typing, editing, and testing, we are delighted to announce the launch of our new Kali Linux Tools website. This new site is our official home for information on all of the tools included in Kali Linux. For each tool, you will find a description of the tool, links to the tool homepage, author and license information, and usage output so you can see what output you can expect from each utility in Kali.
  • In addition to the primary listing of all Kali tools, we have also made an effort to use tags throughout the site so you can more easily find a particular tool based on what it can do. You will find a tag cloud at the bottom of each page as you navigate the site. Also available is a full breakdown of the contents of each Kali Linux metapackage, allowing you to see which tool is included in a particular metapackage, which makes the building of custom ISOs much easier.

New in version 1.0.7 (May 27th, 2014)

  • Linux kernel 3.14
  • Tool updates
  • Package improvements

New in version 1.0.6 (January 10th, 2014)

  • This release comes with a new 3.12 kernel, a LUKS nuke feature, new Kali ARM build scripts, and Kali AMAZON AMI and Google Compute image generation scripts, not to mention numerous tool additions and updates.

New in version 1.0.5 (September 6th, 2013)

  • Today we are pleased to announce the immediate availability of Kali Linux 1.0.5 with a rollup of various tool additions, fixes, and upgrades, including our fix for the encrypted encrypted LVM installation issue that we documented last week. As usual, users with Kali already installed just need to run a simple update to get the latest goodness...
  • root@kali:~# apt-get update
  • root@kali:~# apt-get dist-upgrade
  • We’ve also received updated ARM images from Offensive Security, which bring several fixes to issues found in the 1.0.4 releases. Kali Linux has specific ARM images for 9 separate hardware devices/families, including the Raspberry Pi, Galaxy Note 10.1, BeagleBone Black, Odroid U2, Odroid XU (!) and more. While Kali Linux works on all the hardware above natively, don’t forget you can get Kali Linux installed on almost any Android phone or tablet.
  • Software Defined Radio (SDR) researchers will be especially pleased to know that we have made some significant tool additions in this growing field. With some great input and suggestions from @NowSec, we placed a great deal of focus in the past few weeks on adding numerous SDR tools and drivers to our arsenal:
  • kalibrate-rtl
  • gr-air-modes
  • RTLSDR Scanner
  • gr-scan
  • rtl-sdr
  • Gqrx
  • GR Extras
  • gr-baz
  • gr-osmosdr
  • gr-iqbal
  • gr-fcdproplus
  • UHD support
  • HackRF support
  • RTL2832U support
  • Funcube Dongle Pro+ support
  • We also forked GNU Radio from the Debian repositories and upgraded it to version, a task that sounds much simpler than it really is since its dependencies have dependencies.
  • We’re very pleased with the end result and these additions have given us the excuse to play around in the field of SDR, which is filled with great potential for research. This isn’t the end of our support for SDR, but only the beginning as we intend to combine our rock-solid stability with cutting edge device support to become the best platform for SDR research in the industry.
  • This release of Kali Linux isn’t only about SDR, though. For our users who love hacking NFC, we have also beefed up our suite of tools for manipulating MIFARE cards with updates to libnfc, mfoc, and mfcuk along with the addition of mfterm.

New in version 1.0.4 (July 26th, 2013)

  • In keeping with our tradition of publishing new releases during the annual Black Hat and DEF CON conferences, we are pleased to announce the availability of Kali Linux 1.0.4. The last few months since the initial release of Kali have seen a large number of changes, upgrades, and improvements in the distribution, all of which are included in version 1.0.4.
  • Penetration Testing Tool Additions:
  • Thanks to numerous requests from the Kali Linux community on the Kali Bug Tracker, we have added many new tools to Kali’s arsenal, including:
  • Winexe
  • Pass the Hash Toolkit
  • enum4linux
  • RegRipper
  • rfcat
  • Unicornscan
  • jSQL
  • JD-GUI
  • Ubertooth
  • Ghost Phisher
  • Uniscan
  • Arachni
  • Bully
  • Penetration Testing Tool Updates:
  • In addition to the new tools that we have added to the distribution, version 1.04 of Kali Linux also contains many upgraded packages. Some of the more notable updates are:
  • OpenVAS
  • Volatility
  • Durandal’s Backdoor
  • Maltego
  • Armitage
  • DNSrecon
  • Vega
  • WPScan
  • More Kali Linux ARM Images:
  • Our quest to get Kali Linux running on popular ARM hardware is going strong and our trusted contributor, Offensive Security, has provided new ARM images for the BeagleBone Black, CuBox, and Efika MX to our growing collection.
  • Seamless upgrade Of Kali Linux:
  • As usual, you do not need to re-download Kali Linux 1.0.4 if you already have it installed. A regular “apt-get update && apt-get dist-upgrade” will do the job of getting you to the latest and greatest!

New in version 1.0.3 (April 27th, 2013)

  • A couple of weeks ago, we were approached (independently) by two blind security enthusiasts who both drew our attention to the fact that Kali Linux had no built-in accessibility features.This made Kali difficult, if not impossible, to both install and use from a blind or visually impaired user’s perspective.
  • Our first attempts at building an accessible version of Kali failed and after a bit of digging, we found that there were several upstream GNOME Display Manager (GDM3) bugs in Debian, which prevented these accessibility features from functioning with the GDM greeter. Working together with an upstream GNOME developer, we knocked out these bugs and had the fixes implemeted in Kali, and hopefully in future builds of GDM3 in Debian. To make the Kali installation accessible as well, we have added a new “accessibility” boot option that triggers the speech engine during the installation process.
  • We are very proud to have sponsored this work, which has brought much-improved accessibility features to both Kali Linux and Debian and we sincerely hope to continue receiving feedback from the community so we can further improve Kali Linux. We have also taken this opportunity add a new “Live Desktop” installer and have released a new version of Kali Linux that has these accessibility features built-in.
  • To activate the speech assisted installer, press “S” at boot time, and hit enter.