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Penetration-Testing Distro Kali Linux 2016.2 Released (kali.org) 54

prisoninmate writes: What's Kali Linux 2016.2? Well, it's an updated Live ISO image of the popular GNU/Linux distribution designed for ethical hackers and security professionals who want to harden the security of their networks, which contains the latest software versions and enhancements for those who want to deploy the OS on new systems. It's been quite some time since the last update to the official Kali Linux Live ISOs and new software releases are announced each day, which means that the packages included in the previous Kali Linux images are very old, and bugs and improvements are always implemented in the most recent versions of the respective security tools. Best of all, the new Kali Linux 2016.2 release comes in KDE, MATE, Xfce, LXDE, and Enlightenment E17 flavors.
Their blog also points out that Kali recently appeared in an episode of Mr. Robot.
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Penetration-Testing Distro Kali Linux 2016.2 Released

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  • by Anonymous Coward

    If they removed all "call home" and other tracking features

    • Re: (Score:2, Insightful)

      by Anonymous Coward

      Would you kindly provide some relevant source/evidence about these alleged "call home" and "other tracking features"?

  • by Anonymous Coward on Saturday September 03, 2016 @02:42PM (#52821877)

    There are always destructive teenagers that get a hold of it and cause mayhem which is what I'd previously associated it with. Defcon videos (as beautiful for the mind as TED talks) has changed my perception of Kali from a script kiddie OS to a legitimate tool for penetration testers in a professional environment. I was surprised how many Defcon videos mention it or base their entire presentation around it. I've never used it nor have the desire to but I really like what the hacker community is doing with it legitimately. Defcon videos have gone a long way towards changing my opinion of Kali. Coincidentally, I've been watching them for the past couple of days (there are a LOT of videos), some really interesting stuff in there that feeds the creative mind. I'll never have a use for any of the info but it's cool to see them think out of the box. I mean anyone can appreciate creativity no matter what form it takes.

    • So if I use this tool that is designed to penetrate security, and don't commit a crime, then I haven't committed a crime. Yet if I pick up a firearm and don't shoot anyone I can be a criminal. Thought crime?

    • One of the new guys at the office has installed Kali on his phone and had a lot of fun checking out websites while being bored on vacation. He refrained from actually using holes to do someting, which shows I was right in saying we needed to hire him after graduation. :-)

      So, you can even be more covert using Kali in public places without attracting attention with a laptop.
  • It is a sad state of affairs when the inclusion of a variety of window managers are the best part of a penetration testing tool, something that ought be used by someone with enough technical know-how to deal with a CLI.
    • Like it or not, WMs are pretty much a necessity for modern computers, even if you're to work mostly on the command line.

      • My comment still stands: Fine; include a WM. Include all of them. That, however, should not be what's "best of all" about it. If that's the best improvement they've made to the distro, then I argue that their priorities are wrong.
  • This is what I got from the announcement:

    * It's been a long time since the last release
    * We've put all the updates into a new version to save time updating old releases
    * You can now download it from our website
    * We fixed a load of bugs
    * Auto installs are easier
    * You can change the GUI

    Is that it? What about new features? What would I be able to do with this release that I couldn't do with an old one? What new "super powers" will it give me?

    If I was marketing a software tool intended for techni

  • by ravenspear ( 756059 ) on Saturday September 03, 2016 @04:29PM (#52822269)

    How many of these testers have achieved penetration before?

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