Parrot 4.8 Released With Linux Kernel 5.4 And New Docker Containers

It has been around six months since the major version release of Parrot OS was released. Last month, Parrot came up with a beta version of Parrot 4.8. Continuing the development, Parrot OS has now officially released the stable version 4.8 with various new changes in features and team workflow.

Since Parrot GNU/Linux distro is based on Debian, Parrot 4.8 imports all the updates that were a part of the Debian testing repository in the last six months. If you’re an ethical hacker and pentester, you can sharpen your security lab more than before using this Kali Linux alternate OS.

Parrot OS 4.8: New Improvements

With the increase in demand for container technology, Parrot 4.8 adds more service tools for Docker containers. Here is the latest list of all Docker container tools by Parrot:

  • Parrot Core
  • Parrot Security
  • Nmap
  • Metasploit
  • Social Engineering Toolkit
  • Beef-XSS
  • Bettercap
  • SQLMap
  • Builder Container

You can run these Parrot tools on your favorite desktop that supports Docker container or in the cloud. For a detailed description, you can head over to the official reference here.

If you click the official reference link above, you’ll be directed to GitLab. It’s because Parrot OS has redesigned its project infrastructure and switched to a new GitLab instance.

Another crucial change that v4.8 brings along is the removal of a separate /boot partition. As already tested in the beta version, now you don’t need to create a boot folder separately as grub2 supports a full Btrfs file system with zstd compression.

Among the package updates, v4.8 includes various software with their latest versions, such as Mate 1.24, Aircrack 1.6, Airgeddon 10.01, Libreoffice 6.4, Wine 5.0, and many more. Moreover, Parrot now ships Linux kernel 5.4 and a revised sandbox to improve security and restrict kernel code modification.

Moving forward, Parrot OS also pulls out some pre-installed packages such as KeePass X, Shotwell, Rhythmbox, and Vinagre. As a result, the home edition ISO size is reduced from 2GB to 1.6GB and the security edition from 4.1GB to 3.9GB. However, you can still install them separately.

How To Install Or Upgrade To Parrot 4.8?

If you’re already using Parrot, you can directly upgrade to the latest version by running a single command in your terminal:

sudo parrot-upgrade

Or, you can also use other commands:

sudo apt update
sudo apt full-upgrade

Note: Parrot OS highly discourages the use of “apt-get upgrade” command to avoid problems in your system.

For the fresh installation, you can also download ISO images of Parrot 4.8 that are available in multiple editions such as Security, Mate, KDE, Netinstall, Virtual, and Home.

Download Parrot 4.8