The popular distribution-oriented security audits Kali Linux 2017.1 is now available. This is the first version of 2017, and incorporates very interesting features, both for wireless audits, to crack passwords locally and also remotely using Azure and AWS.
The latest version of Linux Kali 2017.1 is now available to download. Its the most famous Linux distribution used to perform computer security audits. The main novelties of this new version is that it has an updated kernel, so we will have a greater compatibility with new hardware, also the main tools of the distribution have been renewed, so now we will have the latest versions available.
Incorporation of RTL8812AU chipset
This Wi-Fi chipset is one of the most used in the latest Wi-Fi cards for conducting wireless security audits. This chipset supports the Wi-Fi AC standard and is one of the first chipsets to incorporate drivers for packet injection, which is critical to Wi-Fi security. A card model that uses this chipset is Alfa Networks AWUS036ACH.
Although the driver needed to work correctly is not installed by default, we have it in the official repository, so simply enter the following commands and we have them.
1. apt-get update
2. apt install realtek-rtl88xxau-dkms
NVIDIA GPU support for password cracking
The new version of Kali Linux have incorporated improvements for the hardware compatibility of graphics cards. Utilities such as Hashcat and Pyrit use the power of GPUs to test thousands of keys per second. Now installing the necessary drivers is simpler than before, we recommend you read the manual for Kali GPUs.
AWS and Azure support for password cracking out of the local system
Now Kali Linux incorporates everything needed to crack passwords using the AWS and Azure computers, using the “cloud” of both Amazon and Microsoft.
This new version of Kali Linux 2017.1 has incorporated OpenVAS 9, the latest version of this well known project to perform scans and management of vulnerabilities in computer systems.
How to upgrade or download the latest Kali Linux 2017.1 release
If you already had a version of Kali Linux, you can easily update by entering the following commands in console:
1. apt update
2. apt dist-upgrade
If you want to do a clean installation, you can download Kali Linux 2017.1 from the official website, here you will find all versions available both 64-bit and 32-bit. New versions of Kali are also ready for use in VirtualBox and VMware, we also have to download the ARM architecture versions, ideal to use this distro in Raspberri Pi and other devices like ODROID.