Offensive Security has updated the Kali Linux images with new features and changes. Termed Kali Linux 2017.1, this release comes with support for wireless injection attacks to 802.11ac and Nvidia CUDA GPU. You can simply update your existing installation by running few commands if you don’t wish to download the updated images from Kali repos. Kali Linux is the favorite operating system of ethical hackers. Last year, the developers of this ethical hacking toolset decided to switch to the rolling release model. This means that instead of being based on the standard Debian releases, Kali Linux rolling distro ensures that it’s regularly being updated with latest features and patches.
This release brings wireless injection support to 802.11ac standard. This has happened due to the implementation of drivers for RTL8812AU chipsets.
Thanks to the improvements in packaging, the users can now experience a streamlined GPU cracking process. The tools like Hashcat and Pyrit can take full advantage of NVIDIA GPUs within Kali.
As AWS P2-Series and Azure NC-Series allow pass-through GPU support, the corresponding images were made to support GPU cracking out of the box.
Kali devs felt that their ethical hacking OS lacked a full-fledged vulnerability scanner. With the addition of newly packaged OpenVAS 9, this gap has been filled.
Submitted by: Arnfried Walbrecht