6. Acknowledgments of Mati Aharoni It has been a few years since Kali Linux was first released, and since day one, I have always dreamt of publishing an official book which covers the Kali operating system as a whole. It is therefore a great privilege for me to finally see such a book making it out to the public. I would like to sincerely thank everyone involved in the creation of this project—including Jim, Devon, Johnny and Ron. A very special thanks goes to Raphaël for doing most of the heavy lifting in this book, and bringing in his extensive expertise to our group.Read More →

5. Acknowledgments of Jim O'Gorman I would like to thank everyone involved in this project for their contributions, of which mine were only a small part. This book, much like Kali Linux itself was a collaborative project of many hands making light work. Special thanks to Raphaël, Devon, Mati, Johnny and Ron for taking on the lion's share of the effort. Without them, this book would not have come together.Read More →

4. Acknowledgments of Raphaël Hertzog I would like to thank Mati Aharoni: in 2012, he got in touch with me because I was one out of dozens of Debian consultants and he wanted to build a successor to BackTrack that would be based on Debian. That is how I started to work on Kali Linux, and ever since I have enjoyed my journey in the Kali world. Over the years, Kali Linux got closer to Debian GNU/Linux, notably with the switch to Kali Rolling, based on Debian Testing. Now most of my work, be it on Kali or on Debian provides benefits to the entireRead More →

3. General Approach and Book Structure This book has been designed so that you can put your hands on Kali Linux right from the start. You don't have to read half of the book to get started. Every topic is covered in a very pragmatic manner, and the book is packed with samples and screenshots to help make the explanations more concrete. Chapter 1, About Kali Linux defines some basic terminology and explains the purpose of Kali Linux. Chapter 2,Getting Started with Kali Linux guides you step-by-step from the download of the ISO image to getting Kali Linux running on your computer. Chapter 3, Linux Fundamentals supplies theRead More →

2. Is This Book for You? If you are eager to dive into the intellectually rich and incredibly fascinating field of information security, and have rightfully selected Kali Linux as a primary platform, then this book will help you in that journey. This book is written to help first-time Linux users, as well as current Kali users seeking to deepen their knowledge about the underpinnings of Kali, as well as those who have used Kali for years but who are looking to formalize their learning, expand their use of Kali, and fill in gaps in their knowledge. In addition, this book can serve as aRead More →

Foreword - Kali Linux Revealed The sixteen high-end laptops ordered for your pentesting team just arrived, and you have been tasked to set them up—for tomorrow's offsite engagement. You install Kali and boot up one of the laptops only to find that it is barely usable. Despite Kali's cutting-edge kernel, the network cards and mouse aren't working, and the hefty NVIDIA graphics card and GPU are staring at you blankly, because they lack properly installed drivers. You sigh. In Kali Live mode, you quickly type lspci into a console, then squint. You scroll through the hardware listing: "PCI bridge, USB controller, SATA controller. Aha! EthernetRead More →

Preface - Kali Linux Revealed You have no idea how good you have it. In 1998, I was an up-and-coming hacker, co-founding one of the earliest professional white hat hacking teams. We were kids, really, with dream jobs, paid to break into some of the most secure computer systems, networks, and buildings on the planet. It sounds pretty sexy, but in reality, we spent most of our time hovering over a keyboard, armed with the digital tools of our trade. We wielded a sordid collection of programs, designed to map networks and locate targets; then scan, exploit, and pivot through them. In some cases, oneRead More →