Kali Linux 2022.3 Released: Test Lab Packages, New Tools, and a Community Discord Server

Offensive Security has released Kali Linux 2022.3, the latest version of its popular penetration testing and digital forensics platform.

Packaged apps for setting up test labs

The Kali team knows the importance of practicing rather than relying on theory, and for infosecurity professionals, the test labs are a way to test tools and hone their own skills in a legal environment. .

Therefore, the team decided to help users create test labs, packing (so far) the Damn Vulnerable Web App and the OWASP Juice Shop – more test labs will be added to the kali-linux-labs metapackage in the future.

Like all professionals, security professionals need to understand the tools they use to master their craft, the team noted, and benchmarks will help them discover tool capabilities and retain knowledge. (As they rightly pointed out, it’s one thing to read something, and another to actually do it.)

New tools in Kali Linux 2022.3

As usual, a new version of Kali comes with new tools. This time it’s:

  • BruteShark – a network forensic analysis tool (NFAT)
  • DefectDojo – An open source application vulnerability correlation and security orchestration tool
  • phpsploit – A post-exploitation framework that provides an interactive shell-like connection over HTTP between client and web server
  • shellfire – An exploit shell for exploiting LFI, RFI, and command injection vulnerabilities
  • SprayingToolkit – A set of scripts to facilitate password spraying attacks against Lync/S4B, OWA and O365

Kali NetHunterthe distribution’s mobile pentesting platform has also been updated, as have some of the penetration testing and forensics Android apps available in the NetHunter Store.

New and updated documentation!

The team has created a number of new and updated old pages documenting the use of Kali Linux and various applications in different configurations. They also delivered the promised documentation on using the distro on Linode instances.

They have also updated documentation for various tools, but are calling on users to help with this effort by contributing to the kali-tools repository (now open).

“Our goal is to have general information about each tool, as well as examples of the tool used and how to use it,” they explained.

A Discord server for the community

As we talk about community contribution and involvement, the “big” news is that the team has opened a new discord server – aptly named Kali Linux & Friends – “a new place where the community Kali can meet and discuss in real-time everything about Kali Linux (as well as other community projects offered by OffSec).

They also announced that starting with this version of Kali, they will host a live session where various Kali developers will voice chat on Discord to answer questions and gather feedback from the community.

Download Kali Linux 2022.3

Kali Linux 2022.3 can be downloaded or you can update your existing installation to this version.

Check out the Offensive Security blog post for more details on the new release.

Kali Linux users can also read more about how the creators of Kali Linux plan to handle the future of penetration testing, and the Offensive Security CEO’s thoughts on why automated pentesting won’t solve not the lack of cybersecurity skills.

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