Linux Distributions

Kali Linux – penetration testing distribution

Kali Linux is an advanced penetration testing distribution which provides useful and relevant features for security professionals. It does this by providing common tools, configurations, and automations which allows the user to focus on the task that needs to be completed, not the surrounding activity.

Kali Linux is heavily integrated with live-build, allowing endless flexibility in customizing and tailoring every aspect of your Kali Linux ISO images.

Features include:

  • More than 600 penetration testing tools are included.
  • Kali adheres to the Filesystem Hierarchy Standard, allowing Linux users to easily locate binaries, support files, libraries, etc.
  • LUKS nuke option, allowing you to quickly control the destruction of data.
  • Wide-ranging wireless device support.
  • Custom kernel, patched for injection: As penetration testers, the development team often needs to do wireless assessments, so Kali’s kernel has the latest injection patches included.
  • GPG signed packages and repositories.
  • Kali Undercover – a set of scripts that change the theme of your Kali Linux to a Windows 10 alike theme.
  • Win-KeX provides a GUI desktop experience for Kali Linux in Windows Subsystem for Linux.

Kali Linux

Working state:Active
Init Software:systemd
Package Management:APT
Release Model:Rolling
Platforms:x86, x86-64, armel, armhf
Developer:Offensive Security
This article is part of our Big List of Active Linux Distros which is currently under development.

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