Short Bytes: Offensive Security has updated the Kali Linux images with new features and changes. Termed Kali Linux 2017.1, this release comes with support for wireless injection attacks to 802.11ac and Nvidia CUDA GPU. You can simply update your existing installation by running few commands if you don’t wish to download the updated images from Kali repos.

Kali Linux is the favorite operating system of ethical hackers. Last year, the developers of this ethical hacking toolset decided to switch to the rolling release model. This means that instead of being based on the standard Debian releases, Kali Linux rolling distro ensures that it’s regularly being updated with latest features and patches.

But, in the rolling model, the release of updated images isn’t much important. But, the latest release, i.e., Kali Rolling 2017.1, brings in a bunch of exciting features and updates.

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So, let’s take a look at the major highlights:

Kali Linux 2017.1 new features

RTL8812AU Wireless Card Injection support

This release brings wireless injection support to 802.11ac standard. This has happened due to the implementation of drivers for RTL8812AU chipsets. For installing the driver, you simply need to run the following command:

CUDA GPU Cracking support

Thanks to the improvements in packaging, the users can now experience a streamlined GPU cracking process. The tools like Hashcat and Pyrit can take full advantage of NVIDIA GPUs within Kali.

Amazon AWS and Microsoft Azure Availability (GPU Support)

As AWS P2-Series and Azure NC-Series allow pass-through GPU support, the corresponding images were made to support GPU cracking out of the box.


OpenVAS 9 Packaged in Kali Repositories

Kali devs felt that their ethical hacking OS lacked a full-fledged vulnerability scanner. With the addition of newly packaged OpenVAS 9, this gap has been filled.

Due to its large footprint, OpenVAS 9 isn’t included in the default release, but you can download and install it using these commands:

Download Kali Linux 2017.1 ISO Files and Torrents | How to update

Recently, the Kali repos were updated to support HTTPS. You can find the Kali Linux 2017.1 ISO files and torrents here on the download page.

Just in case you’ve got Kali Linux already installed, make sure to update it using the following commands:

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