What is Kali – know before installing
The Kali Linux is the industry’s, leading Linux, distribution in penetration testing and ethical hacking. It’s a distribution that come’s shipped, with Ton’s and Ton’s of hacking and penetration tool’s and software by default, and is widely recognized in all part’s of the world, even among Windows, user’s who may not even know what Linux is.
It is Because of the latter, many people in other countries are trying to get alone with Kali Linux although, they don’t even the understand the basic’s of a Linux system. The reasons, may vary from having fun, faking being a hacker to impress a girlfriend or simply trying to hack the neighbors’ WiFi network, to get a free Internet, all of which is a very bad thing to do it, if you are planning to use Linux system.
The Techfanta provider’s you some tip’s that you should know before even planning to use Kali Linux system.
- Table Contents of Linux
- Kali Linux is Not for Beginners
- it Can Get You Hacked
- it Can Get You in Jail
- Modified Kernel and Software
- Don’t Install Kali
- The Bottom Line
These are some tips that you should know before even planning to use Kali Linux
Kali Linux Default GNOME Desktop
Now hear If you are someone who has just started to use Linux few months ago, or if you are don’t consider yourself to be above average in terms of knowledge, then Kali Linux is not for you knowing all knowledge before using it really it danger for you and, If you are going, to ask stuff like “How do I install Steam on Kali? What to do I make my printer work on Kali? How can I solve the APT sources errors on Kali”? Then stay away because the Kali Linux is not suitable for you.
The Kali Linux is mainly made for professional’s wanting to run penetrations testing suit’s, or people who want to learn ethical hacking, and digital forensics. But still if you were from the latter, the average Kali Linux user is expected to face a lot of trouble while using Kali Linux for his day-to-day usage. He’s also expected to take a very careful approach to how he uses, the tool’s and software, it’s not just, “let’s install it and run everything”. Every tool must be carefully used, every software you install must be carefully examined with lost of system it’s not easy to understand everyone’s.
The Stuff which the average Linux user can’t do normally. A better approach from our side is would be to spend few week’s to learning, about the Kali Linux and it’s daemon’s, services, software, distributions and the way it work’s, and then watch few dozens of video’s and course’s about ethical hacking, and only then, try to use Kali to apply what you learned.
It Can Get You Hacked
Kali Linux Hacking & Testing Tools
nowadays, in a normal Linux system, there’s one account for normal user and one separate account for root. This is not the case in the Kali Linux. Kali Linux uses the root account by default and doesn’t provide you with a normal user account. This is because almost all security tools available in Kali do require root privilege’s, and to avoid asking you for root password every minute, they designed it that way think in the mind.
Now Of course, you could simply create a normal user account and start using it. But, well, it’s still not recommended because that’s not how the Kali system design is meant to work. You’ll face a lot of problem’s then in using programs, opening ports, debugging software, discovering, and etc why this thing doesn’t work only to discover that it was a weird privilege bug. You will also be annoyed by all the tool’s that will require you to enter the password each time you try to do anything on your system anywhere with any system.
Now, since you are forced to use it in as a root user, all the software you run on your present system will also run with root privileges. This is bad, if you don’t know what you are doing, because if there’s a vulnerability in Firefox for example and you visit one of the infected dark web sites, the hacker will be able to get full root permissions on your PC and hack you, which would have been limited if you were using a normal user account. Also there are some tool’s that you can install and use can open port’s and leak information, without your knowledge, so if you are not extremely careful, people can hack you in the same way you may try to hack them.
If you visit Facebook messenger groups related to Kali Linux on few occasions, you’ll notice that almost a quarter of the posts in these groups are people calling for help because someone hacked them i already said use it but with proper knowledge.
It Can Get You in Jail
The Kali Linux provide the software system as it is. Then, it is your own risk and responsibility alone of how you use them.
In most advanced countries around the world, using penetration testing tool’s against public Wi-Fi network’s or the device’s of other’s can easily get you in jail. Now don’t think that you are all-rounder and you can’t be tracked just because you are using Kali Linux system, many systems are configured to have complex logging devices to simply track whoever tries to listen or hack their network’s, and you may stumble upon one of these, and it will destroy your life.
Don’t ever use Kali Linux tool’s against devices/networks which do not belong to you or given explicit permission to try hacking them. If you say that you didn’t know what you were doing, it won’t be accepted as an excuse in a court I repeat it won’t be accepted in the court.
Modified Kernel and Software
The Kali Linux system is based on Debian (Testing branch, which means that Kali Linux uses a rolling release model), so it use’s most of the software architecture from there, and you will see the most of software in Kali Linux just as they are in Debian.
However, some package’s were modified to harden security and fix some possible vulnerabilities. The Kali Linux kernel that Kali uses for example is patched to allow wireless injection on various devices. These patches are unavailable in the vanilla kernel. Also, it doesn’t depend on Debian servers and mirrors, but builds the packages by its own servers. Here’s the default software sources in the latest release:
- deb http://http.kali.org/kali kali-rolling main contrib non-free deb-src http://http.kali.org/kali kali-rolling main contrib non-free
That’s why, for some specific software, you will find a different behavior when using the same program in Kali or using it in Fedora.
For example, you can see a full list of Linux software from git.kali.org. You can find our own generated lists of installed packages on Kali Linux (GNOME).
But the More importantly, Kali official documentation extremely suggests to NOT add any other 3rd-party software repositories, because since Kali Linux is a rolling release and depends on Debian Testing, you will most likely break your system by just adding a new repository source due to dependencies conflicts and package hooks.
Don’t Install Kali Linux
Running wpscan on fosspost.org using Kali
We use Kali on rare occasions to test the software and servers we deploy. However, I will never dare to install it and use it as a primary system never ever.
If you are going to use it as a primary system, then you will have to keep your own personal files, password, data and everything else on your system. You have also need to install lots of daily-use software in order to ease your life. But like mentioned above, using Linux is very risky and should be done very carefully, and if you get hacked, you will lose all your data and it may get exposed to a wider audience. Your personal information can also be used to track you if you are doing non-legal stuff. You may even destroy your data by yourself if you are not careful about how you use the tools.
Even professional white (ethical) hackers don’t recommend installing Kali as a primary system, but rather, use it from USB to just do your penetration testing work and then leave back to your normal Linux distribution.
The Bottom Line
As now you can see, using Kali is not an easy decision to take lightly. If you are planning to be a Ethical (whiter) hacker and you need to use Kali to learn, then go for it after learning the basics and spending few months with a normal system. But be careful for what you are doing to avoid being in trouble.
If you are planning to use Kali or if you need any help, I’ll be happy to hear your thoughts in the comments.