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Yesterday, Kali Linux’s first release for 2019 was announced. Kali Linux 2019.1 comes with a variety of changes and new features including, support for Metasploit version 5.0, kernel up to version 4.19.13, ARM updates and numerous bug fixes.

Users with a Kali installation can upgrade using:

root@kali:~# apt update && apt -y full-upgrade

You can also download new Kali Linux ISOs directly from the official website or from the Torrent network.

What’s new in Kali Linux 2019.1?

Support for Metasploit 5.0

The new version of Kali Linux now supports Metasploit version 5.0, which was released last month. Metasploit 5.0 introduces multiple new features including Metasploit’s new database and automation APIs, evasion modules and libraries, expanded language support, improved performance, and more.

Kali Linux 2019.1 also includes updated packages for theHarvester, DBeaver, and more.
theHarvester helps Penetration testers in the early stages of the penetration test to gather emails, subdomains, hosts, employee names, open ports and banners from different public sources. DBeaver is an SQL client and a database administration tool.

Updates to ARM

The 2019.1 Kali release for ARM include:

  • The operating system has an upgraded kernel (v4.19.13) that supports the use of both Banana Pi and Banana Pro single board computers.
  • Veyron has also been moved to a 4.19 kernel
  • The Offensive Security virtual machine and ARM images have also been updated to 2019.1
  • Raspberry Pi images have been simplified. Separate Raspberry Pi images are no longer there for users with TFT LCDs because Kali 2019.1 now comes with re4son’s kalipi-tft-config script on all of them.  For setting up a board with a TFT, users can run ‘kalipi-tft-config’ and follow the prompts.

You can go through the changelog to know detailed bug fixes.

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