Kali Linux

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Kali Linux
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Kali Linux 1.0
Company / developer Offensive Security
OS family Unix-like
Working state Active
Source model Open source
Latest release 1.0.6 / January 9, 2014; 3 months ago (2014-01-09)
Supported platforms x86, x86-64, armel, armhf
Kernel type Monolithic
License Various
Official website www.kali.org

Kali Linux is a Debian-derived Linux distribution designed for digital forensics and penetration testing. It is maintained and funded by Offensive Security Ltd. It was developed by Mati Aharoni and Devon Kearns of Offensive Security through the rewrite of BackTrack, their previous forensics Linux distribution.[1]

Kali Linux is preinstalled with numerous penetration-testing programs, including nmap (a port scanner), Wireshark (a packet analyzer), John the Ripper (a password cracker), and Aircrack-ng (a software suite for penetration-testing wireless LANs).[2] Kali Linux can be run from a hard disk, live CD, or live USB. It is a supported platform of the Metasploit Project's Metasploit Framework, a tool for developing and executing security exploits.[2]

Kali Linux is distributed in 32- and 64-bit images for use on hosts based on the x86 instruction set, and as an image for the ARM architecture for use on the Raspberry Pi computer and on Samsung's ARM Chromebook.[3]


  1. ^ "The Birth of Kali Linux". Offensive Security. 12 December 2012. Retrieved 13 March 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Kali Linux arrives as enterprise-ready version of BackTrack". The H. 13 March 2013. 
  3. ^ "BackTrack successor Kali Linux launched". SC Magazine. 13 March 2013. 

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