Combining all the latest updates, patches, fixes, and improvements released in past few months, latest Kali Linux 2017.3 snapshot has been released. Before this release, Kali Linux 2017.2 was shipped in September.
Changes and new tools in Kali Linux 2017.3
The latest ISO is powered by the updated Linux kernel 4.13.10. As a result of this, some of the significant changes are:
- EXT4 directories can now contain 2 billion entries
- TLS support built into the kernel
- CIFS now uses SMB 3.0 by default
Before telling you about the new hacking tools included in 2017.3, let me tell you the existing packages that have been updated. These packages include Veil 3.0, Reaver v1.6.3, Social Engineering Toolkit v7.7.4, O-Saft 17.04.17, cuckoo 2.0.4, Burpsuite v1.7.27, Pixiewps v1.3, and Ethtool. Existing bugs in packages like Metasploit, Openvas 9, Setoolkit, Nmap, Hydra, etc., have been resolved as well.
The newly added Kali tools are:
- InSpy: Performs enumeration on LinkedIn and finds people on the basis of required criteria
- CherryTree: A often-requested note-taking tool
- Sublist3r: Enumerates subdomains across multiple sources at once. Thanks to integration with SubBrute, one can brute-force subdomains using a wordlist.
- OSRFramework: A collection of scripts to enumerate users, domains, etc.
- Massive Maltego Metamorphosis: A combination of Maltego and Casefile
Updating your Kali installation
In case you have Kali Linux already installed on your computer, you don’t need to download the new image and perform a clean installation. Just run these commands and make your move to an upgraded system:
apt update apt dist-upgrade reboot
Download Kali 2017.3 ISO and Torrent files
Just like all the previous releases, Kali Linux 2017.3’s 32-bit and 64-bit versions are available in the form of standard ISO images, VirtualBox and VMware images, ARM images, and cloud instances. You can download the HTTP downloads and torrent files on Kali downloads page.
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