Kali Linux 2022.2 released with 10 new tools and other improvements

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Kali Linux is a Debian-derived Linux distribution designed for digital forensics and penetration testing. It is maintained and funded by Offensive Security. Kali Linux developers have released the latest version of the penetration testing and security focused distro, Kali Linux 2022.2.

According to their official blog postthis release contains several awesome updates.

New Features in Kali Linux 2022.2

  • GNOME 42 – Major update to the popular desktop environment
  • KDE Plasma 5.24 – Version bump with a neater experience
  • Several desktop improvements – Disabled motherboard beep on Xfce, alternate panel layout for ARM, better support for VirtualBox shared folders, and much more
  • Terminal adjustments – Improved Zsh syntax highlighting, inclusion of Python3-pip and Python3-virtualenv by default
  • April Fool’s Day – Hollywood Mode – Awesome Screensaver
  • Kali Unkaputtbar – BTRFS snapshot support for Kali
  • Win-KeX 3.1 – sudo support for GUI apps
  • New Tools – Various new tools added
  • WPS Attacks in Kali NetHunter – Added WPS Attacks Tab to NetHunter App

Kali Themes for Gnome-Shell

Kali 2022.2 brings the newest version, GNOME 42. It includes a more modern look, removing arrows from context menus and using more rounded edges.

“Additionally, we updated and tweaked the dash-to-dock extension, integrating it better with the new look and fixing some bugs,” the Kali Team blog reads. Kali has updated its Kali-Dark and Kali-Light themes.

Kali Dark Theme

The built-in GNOME 42 screenshots are, at the same time, saved in the ~/Pictures/Screenshots/ folder and copied to the clipboard, so the user does not need to find them.

Other Desktop Improvements

This release also includes an upgrade to KDE Plasma 5.24, containing improved design and interface tweaks. Icons for Nmap, ffuf and edb-debugger have been improved and updated, and new ones have been added for evil-winrm and bloodhound.

For the app dashboard, programs that include a user interface will now respect the custom icon provided by Kali.

Hollywood Activate / Kali (April Fool’s) Screensaver

The idea was born out of an April Fool’s joke and represents how Linux and other open source developers can have fun with their work. The developers are also reimbursing Hollywood for having Kali Linux appear in the media, including on the show “Mr. Robot”, according to their announcement.

You can also install the hollywood-activate command so that you can launch it immediately from the terminal and avoid waiting for the screen saver to start:

New tools in Kali

  1. BruteShark – Network Forensic Analysis Tool (NFAT)
  2. Evil-WinRM – Ultimate WinRM Shell
  3. Hakrawler – Web crawler designed for easy and fast discovery of endpoints and assets
  4. Httpx – Fast and Versatile HTTP Toolkit
  5. LAPSDumper – Dumps LAPS passwords
  6. PhpSploit – Stealth Post Exploitation Framework
  7. PEDump – Dump Win32 executable files
  8. SentryPeer – peer-to-peer SIP honeypot for VoIP
  9. Sparrow-wifi – Graphical Wi-Fi Analyzer for Linux
  10. wifipumpkin3 – Powerful framework for rogue access points

The legendary @yesimxev has added a new WPS Attacks tab to the Kali NetHunter app, which uses OneShot to perform various WPS attacks without monitor mode from your internal wireless chip, even from your Kali NetHunter watch!

Kali brings a number of brand new improvements, mostly focusing on installations on Raspberry Pi.

  • Bump bit at 5.10103
  • Bluetooth is supported and authentic this time around.
  • Wi-Fi firmware currently uses 7.45206 by default as opposed to 7.45154, with Nexmon spots used.
  • Raspberry Pi No 2W is currently supported by nexmon
  • Improvements to wpa_supplicant. configuration management
  • The bit actually has built-in NVME support, as opposed to the component, so Raspberry Pi compute components that use NVMe for their native tool will certainly work out of the package.
  • The Raspberry Pi userspace is currently packaged for ARM64 instead of being developed by hand while imaging.

To download Kali Linux 2022.2, you can upgrade your existing installation or download ISO images for new installations and live distros. If you are upgrading from the previous version,

echo “deb http://http.kali.org/kali kali-rolling main non-free contrib” | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list

sudo apt update && sudo apt -y full upgrade

[ -f /var/run/reboot-required ] && restart sudo -f

These are some of the notable and impressive improvements in Kali 2022.2. The full list of updates can be found on the kali website.

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