In this article, I would like to explain you about Kali Linux distribution. My blog is not only for Ubuntu but also for all Linux distros.
Kali Linux is just another Linux distro based on Debian. It’s the upgraded version of the Backtrack Linux in the old days. It includes a wide range of useful tools that are required for penetration test, vulnerability analysis, and security audit. Kali Linux is developed and maintained by Offensive Security training company.
There is a huge myth in our society that says“Kali is for hacking and cracking purposes”. Keep in your mind that the Kali Linux is NOT designed for hacking or cracking or stealing someone’s data. It’s just another Linux distro. If you do penetration testing or you are interested in the computer security field then Kali Linux includes many well known powerful security tools.
These are also the benefits in Kali Linux.
- More than 400+ Advanced set of Penetration Testing tools Included.
- Wide-range of wireless device support.
- Kali is based on Debian.
- Very lite OS, do not require high-end hardware. (even It can run on Raspberry Pi)
Is Kali Linux Suitable For You?
According to Kali distro developers, Kali developed for security professionals who conducting penetration tests, vulnerability analysis, and security auditing. There are 400+ powerful tools in Kali to achieve their targets in any scenario. If you’re a web developer or software engineer then the security of your application is a topmost priority. You can scan your web apps with Kali tools to find security vulnerabilities.
However, you don’t want to learn about all the tools in Kali. Some specific set of tools are well categorized. For example, if you’re conducting a wireless penetration test, then Air-crack suite is most helpful to achieve your target. Similarly, there are many tools in Kali for test web applications.
If you are new to Linux, don’t start your Linux journey with Kali distro.
However, if you’re a professional pen tester or you’re studying penetration testing with a goal of becoming a certified network security professional in the field, there’s no better toolkit at any price than Kali Linux.
Special Changes in Kali
As I said before, Kali is specifically well tuned to meet the requirements of security professionals. Hence, there are core changes in Kali comparing with other Linux distros. Some of them are I listed below.
Root access is by default enabled.
In Kali, you don’t need to type “sudo” command to get root privileges in the system. Because you’re already the root user. Many of tools in kali require root privileges to execute commands. In this case, you have to pay attention to your commands. A minor mistake in your command can be corrupted the entire system. “Not understanding about what you were doing” is not going to work as an excuse in this field.
Network services are by default disabled.
For make more secure your system, network services are by default disabled in Kali system. Such as Bluetooth and ssh.
Trusted set of Repositories included.
The main goal of Kali is sure your system safe. In this case minimal number of repositories are included in Kali. Many of Kali users have to add additional repositories to their sources.list file in /etc/apt to install other software.
Summary of this article
- Kali Linux is a popular operating system for security professionals in the IT field.
- It’s not suitable for Linux starters.
- There are some differences in Kali comparing with other Linux distros.
- Many services are by default disabled in Kali to make us more secure.
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