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Second post of the new year and it is about the latest Kali Linux 2018.1 release! The last Kali Linux release was made available in the month of November. As usual, this new release includes all patches, fixes, updates, and improvements since the last release - Kali Linux 2017.3. Importantly, a nasty bug that caused the Gnome Shell to crash when you plug an USB device was fixed in this release.
What’s new in Kali Linux 2018.1?
Kali Linux 2018.1 ships with the new Linux kernel version 4.14.12 and a number of updated packages, including ZAP v2.7.0, SSF (Secure Socket Funneling) v3.0.0, PixieWPS v1.4, Seclists, Burpsuite, dbeaver v4.3.2, and reaver. This release also has upgraded realtek-rtl88xxau-dkms & alfa awus036ach packages to go with the newer kernel version. This kernel version brings the following features:
- AMD Secure Memory Encryption Support – The Secure Memory Encryption (SME) is a feature that will be in newer AMD processors such as AMD Ryzen Pro and EPYC (no ThreadRipper!) that enables automatic encryption and decryption of DRAM. The addition of this features means that systems will no longer (in theory) be vulnerable to cold-boot attacks because, even with physical access, the memory will be not be readable.
- Increased Memory Limits – Current (and older) 64-bit processors have a limit of 64 TB of physical address space and 256 TB of virtual address space (VAS), which was sufficient for more than a decade but with some server hardware shipping with 64 TB of memory, the limits have been reached. Fortunately, upcoming processors will enable 5-level paging, support for which is included in the 4.14 kernel. In short, this means that these new processors will support 4 PB of physical memory and 128 PB of virtual memory. That’s right, petabytes!
- Hyper-V Updates: For those of you using Hyper-V to run the Kali Linux virtual machines provided by Offensive Security, you will find that the Hyper-V virtual machine is now generation 2, which means it’s now UEFI-based and expanding/shrinking HDD is supported! The Hyper-V integration services are also included, which supports Dynamic Memory, Network Monitoring/Scaling, and Replication.
The following new tools have been added:
- Airgraph-ng v2.0.1
Download Kali Linux 2018.1:
As we all know, you can simply run
apt-get update && apt-get dist-upgrade to update to the latest Kali Linux version. However, if you want to download VMWare, VirtualBox, Hyper-V or ARM images (such as Kali-Linux-2018.1-vm-amd64.7z), simply go on to this page. In case you get the ED444FF07D8D0BF6 GPG key error, simply add the key by running:
wget -q -O - https://archive.kali.org/archive-key.asc | apt-key add
Do not forget to check out the updated Kali Linux official documentation too! Also, don’t forget to check out the online version of Kali Linux Revealed book here.
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