Kali 2020.4 is here – and with a slightly new look!

The latest version of Kali Linux 2020.4 dropped this week. Let’s take a quick look!

At first glance it seems like mostly visual changes – Love it or hate it, they switched to the ZSH shell by default. If you are not used to it, it is a little disorientating at first, but you get used to it quick.

Kali is now using Metasploit Framework 6 which has some nice updates that I really like. I did a demo of the MSF 6 Docker to Host bypass demo a while back for my Instagram followers. It is called the “Docker_Priveleged_Container_escape” and works great!

Escaping a privileged Ubuntu Docker container back to the Kali Linux Host

As mentioned, the default shell is now ZSH. I was not a fan of ZSH, but it is growing on me. It also kind of makes Kali look more like Parrot OS, but I won’t say that in public, lol.

chsh -s /bin/bash or chsh -s /bin/zsh and a reboot allows you to change between the two shells, but bash has also been modified to look the same, though it does act differently.

You can check which shell is active by using echo $0

If you haven’t noticed in the previous versions, some tools that you may have normally used have been removed (like BeEF) from the default VMWare image and are now part of the “Large” install package. You can still apt install any of the missing tools that you need.

Oh and apt update works again in this version! There was a typo in several of the Kali 2020.3 version sources file that caused an error on update.

Always happy to get a new Kali version, and looking forward to Kali 2021! For more information on all the new Kali 2020.4 features, check out the official release post!


Source: Cyber Arms

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