Kali Linux 2019.2 OS Version Released

Kali Linux New Version
Kali Linux New Version

The offensive security team have released the latest version of Kali Linux 2019.2 operating system.

This release brings our kernel up to version 4.19.28, fixes numerous bugs, includes many updated packages, and most excitingly, features a new release of Kali Linux NetHunter!

Kali Linux is a Debian-derived Linux distribution operating system designed for digital forensics and penetration testing.

Kali NetHunter 2019.2 Release

Thanks to the tireless contributions from the vibrant NetHunter community led by re4son, binkybear, fattire, jmingov, jcadduono, kimocoder, and PaulWebSec, NetHunter now supports over 50 devices running all the latest Android versions, from KitKat through to Pie.

To celebrate this milestone, Kali released 13 new NetHunter images for the latest Android versions of our favourite devices, including:

  • Nexus 6 running Pie
  • Nexus 6P, Oreo
  • OnePlus2, Pie
  • Galaxy Tab S4 LTE & WiFi, Oreo

These and many more can be downloaded from  NetHunter page. If you cannot find an image for your favourite device and you are interested in porting NetHunter, we would love for you to join our community and give it a crack. More information can be found at our new home on GitLab.

Tool Upgrades

This release largely features various tweaks and bug fixes but there are still many updated tools including seclists, msfpc, and exe2hex.

For the complete list of updates, fixes, and additions, please refer to the Kali Bug Tracker Changelog.

ARM Updates

For ARM users, be aware that the first boot will take a bit longer than usual, as it requires the reinstallation of a few packages on the hardware. This manifests as the login manager crashing a few times until the packages finish reinstalling and is expected behaviour.

Download Kali Linux 2019.2 OS

If you would like to check out this latest and greatest Kali release, you can find download links for ISOs and Torrents on the Kali Downloads page along with links to the Offensive Security virtual machine and ARM images, which have also been updated to 2019.2. If you already have a Kali installation you’re happy with, you can easily upgrade in place as follows.

[email protected]:~# apt update && apt -y full-upgrade

 

Ensuring your Installation is Updated

To double check your version, first make sure your Kali package repositories are correct.

[email protected]:~# cat /etc/apt/sources.list
deb http://http.kali.org/kali kali-rolling main non-free contrib

Then after running ‘apt -y full-upgrade’, you may require a ‘reboot’ before checking:

[email protected]:~# grep VERSION /etc/os-release
VERSION="2019.2"
VERSION_ID="2019.2"

[email protected]:~# uname -a
Linux kali 4.19.0-kali4-amd64 #1 SMP Debian 4.19.28-2kali1 (2019-03-18) x86_64 GNU/Linux

 

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