Exercise 2-1: Downloading, Verifying and Booting Kali

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Exercise 01, Chapter 2 – Getting set up, downloading and verifying and burning Kali
  1. Install a virtual machine (VM) program, like VMWare Fusion (OSX), VirtualBox, etc.
  2. Download a (likely 64-bit) Kali Linux VM release.
  3. Launch the Kali VM.
  4. From this point forward, you should be in the VM. Log into the VM (root/toor) and download the “Kali 64 bit” ISO from https://www.kali.org/downloads/ into your Kali VM.
  5. Download and import Kali’s public keys.
  6. Extract the fingerprint and get the SHA256SUMS and the associated signature file for the Kali ISOs.
  7. Verify the sha256 checksum for your downloaded ISO matches the one in the SHA256SUMS file
  8. Create a bootable USB device with the image.


Food for thought
  1. What good examples can you think of for booting Kali live? What about bad examples?
  2. Zen question of the day : Does it strike you weird that you can simply dd an ISO to a USB key, and have it boot?