The Debian-based Linux distribution Kali Linux is getting its final update for this year. Kali Linux 2019.4 is available for download for penetration testers and ethical hackers.
The latest version of Kali Linux comes with a lot of interesting features such as a new desktop environment, a new theme, and the longed-for undercover mode that enables pen-testers to hide assessments at public places.
Keep up with me as I discuss all the major changes in Kali Linux 2019.4 —
A whole new desktop environment
With the new version, Kali has made a shift from the GNOME desktop environment to a new theme running on lightweight Xfce desktop environment.
Kali Linux has been running the GNOME desktop environment for quite some time. While it is a full-fledged desktop environment, it has become problematic for a number of Kali users since “these features come with overhead, often overhead that is not useful for a distribution like Kali,” writes Offensive Security in the blog post.
Other than that, the team behind Kali Linux believes that it was time to give a “fresh, new, and modern” look to the Linux software.
Undercover Mode in Kali Linux
The most interesting feature of the Kali 2019.4 appears to be the new undercover mode that enables pentester’s to disguise themselves when working in a public place.
Essentially, the team has developed a script that changes the Kali theme to look like a default Windows installation. “That way, you can work a bit more incognito.”
Other new features
The new Kali Linux version comes with Microsoft’s PowerShell, allowing users to execute PowerShell scripts directly on Kali.
Other than that, there is a new feature called “NetHunter Kex” that enables users to access Kali desktop from your phone using an HDMI output along with Bluetooth keyboard and mouse.
“What we did was attach a USB-C hub to our OnePlus7. This gave us HDMI and Ethernet access… With this, we were able to do an entire PWK module from the phone,” the blog post writes