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Kali Linux 2024.2

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Offensive Security today announced the release of Kali Linux 2024.2 as the latest ISO snapshot of this popular Debian-based rolling distribution for ethical hacking and penetration testing.

Kali Linux 2024.2 is here more than three months after Kali Linux 2024.1 and completes the prevent the t64 transition to protect the system against the Year 2038 issue, upgrades the GNOME desktop offering to the latest GNOME 46 release, and improves Kali-Undercover and HiDPI modes in the default Xfce desktop.

Several new tool are included in this release, namely autorecon, a multi-threaded network reconnaissance tool, coercer, a tool to automatically coerce a Windows server to authenticate on an arbitrary machine, dploot, a Python rewrite of SharpDPAPI, and getsploit, a command line utility for searching and downloading exploits.

Also included are gowitness, a web screenshot utility using Chrome Headless, horst, a highly optimized radio scanning tool, ligolo-ng, an advanced, yet simple, tunneling/pivoting tool that uses a TUN interface, mitm6, a tool for pwning IPv4 via IPv6, netexec, a network service exploitation tool that helps automate assessing the security of large networks, as well as pspy, a tool to monitor Linux processes without root permissions.

Kali Linux 2024.2 also includes the pyinstaller tool for converting Python programs into stand-alone executables,
pyinstxtractor PyInstalller extractor, sharpshooter payload generation framework, sickle payload development tool, snort network intrusion detection system, sploitscan tool for searching CVE information, vopono tool to run applications through VPN tunnels with temporary network namespaces, and waybackpy tool to access Wayback Machine’s API using Python.

On top of that, this release tweaks the Nmap network scanner package to allow users to run privileged TCP SYN (Stealth) scans (-sS) without using sudo or being root, patches the Linux 6.6 LTS kernel to no longer cause slowdowns and crashes when using certain virtualization software, and updates the Raspberry Pi 5 kernel to Linux 6.1.77.

Kali NetHunter has been updated as well with support for Android 14, class selection for Bad Bluetooth, improved permissions and root validations, Bluetooth rubberducky support, the long-awaited modules loader, and support for new devices, including Huawei P9 for LineageOS 16, Nothing Phone 1 for Android 12, 13 and 14, and Poco F3 for Android 14.

Kali Linux 2024.2 is available for download from the official website in various flavors for 64-bit, ARM, VM, Cloud, WSL, or mobile platforms. Existing Kali Linux users need only to update their installations by running the sudo apt update && sudo apt full-upgrade commands in a terminal emulator.

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