Kali Linux 2019.3 Released, Which Includes Various New Features

Kali Linux team have pleased to announce the new version of Kali Linux 2019.3 on 02 Sep 2019.

This is the third release of the Kali Linux 2019.x series.

This release brings kernel version 5.2.9 and includes many new features with NetHunter, ARM, and packages.

Official Kali Linux LXD Container Image is Released starting from Kali Linux 2019.3.

As always, it brings regular bug fixes and updates.

CloudFlare

Cloudflare Content Distribution Network (CDN) has allowed Kali Linux team to distribute their content repositories through the Cloudflare Network for free.

This is a largest contribution to Kali from Cloudflare. This helps them save a good amount of bandwidth every month.

Kali Linux repositories are now distributed through the Cloudflare Content Distribution Network (CDN).

If you notice the “kali.download” domain appearing on screen when you run apt update, this means you’re using CloudFlare’s services.

Kali Status URL

Kali Status page web url provides an overview of all public facing domains and allows us to check if they are responding correctly.

Metapackages

There are lot of a changes have been implemented in the metapackages, it was covered in our previous blog post.

For this release only (Kali 2019.3), there is a one-off, extra image called kali-linux-large-2019.3-amd64.iso, that contains all previous default tools.​

The Kali Linux team has identified that some of the ARM architectures have failed to create packages, which are now fixed.

GitLab

As already announced, they are planning to move the official Kali git repository to GitLab.

After the migration, anyone can directly submit improvements to Kali packages.

Helper Scripts

Due to recent metapackage refresh, you may receive a “command not found” message when you run some installed commands.

It’s Not any more! as they have already created few “helper scripts”, this will show you a brief description, a directory listing, and then be moved to the folder.

For example.

$ webshells

> webshells ~ Collection of webshells
/usr/share/webshells
|--asp
|--aspx
|--cfm
|--jsp
|--perl
|--php

As always, all Kali Linux tools have been updated. Also, they have added a new tool called amass.

NetHunter Updates

The NetHunter crew has been adding in features left, right, and center to their project.

Few new apps added in the NetHunter app store such as Rucky and Termux.

There are 4 additional images for you to try NetHunter on (some may look familiar, as they are back due to community demand):​

  • LG V20 International Edition
  • Nexus 5X
  • Nexus 10
  • OnePlus 7 (Our new flagship device!)

The OnePlus 7 is now the phone that recommend for Kali NetHunter. It is the latest and greatest flagship device for half the price of other devices. The specifications are as follows:

  • Snapdragon 855
  • 8GB RAM
  • 256GB storage
  • ARM Update

Kali team have added support for the PINEBOOK as well as the Gateworks Ventana machines.

The RaspberryPi kernel has been bumped to version 4.19.66, which includes support for all of the RAM on 64-bit versions of the RaspberryPi 4. The RaspberryPi Zero W has seen improvements as well.

How to upgrade Kali Linux to 2019.3

Existing users can easily upgrade the Kali Linux to Kali Linux 2019.3 by running the following command.

$ apt update && apt -y full-upgrade

You may require a reboot, if the kernel get upgraded.

$ reboot

After system reboot, you can double confirm the upgrade by running the following commands.

$ grep VERSION /etc/os-release
VERSION="2019.3"
VERSION_ID="2019.3"
VERSION_CODENAME="kali-rolling"

$ uname -v
1 SMP Debian 5.2.9-2kali1 (2019-08-22)

$ uname -r
5.2.0-kali2-amd64

Kali Linux 2019.3 Download Link:

References:

Kali Linux 2019.3 release notes

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