When installing a content management system for your website, it's easy to get lazy and assume that it's going to do all the work for you. A CMS like Joomla certainly does make things more convenient, and lets you publish a polished website very quickly, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't take some extra time to secure it.
If your website is running Joomla, you can use the JoomScan utility against your site to uncover vulnerabilities or just general information that can assist in an attack against your site. Once you're aware of the the site's weak spots, you can take the proper steps to secure it. JoomScan works similarly to WPScan, which is used for scanning WordPress sites for vulnerabilities.
In this guide, we'll see how to use JoomScan on Kali Linux. JoomScan itself is not a tool that can be used maliciously while performing simple scans against a site, unless you consider the extra traffic itself to be malicious. But the information it reveals about a site can be leveraged by attackers to launch an attack. Therefore, make sure you have permission to scan a website when using this tool.
Many of the hacking tools on Kali Linux require root privileges to execute, not to mention all the ordinary Linux commands that require it. If you're sick of having to preface commands with sudo and typing in the root password often, we have a couple of solutions for you.
Until recently, Kali Linux used the root account by default. In the latest versions of Kali, root login is disabled, forcing you to login to the GUI as your normal user account. The reasoning behind this change should be obvious, but if you're a Kali user, you probably know your way around a Linux system by now, and there's not much risk in letting you use the root account to login. Kali developers must've known that this change would annoy some people, because they've made it very convenient to re-enable the root login.
In this guide, we'll go through the step by step instructions to enable root login in Kali Linux. This will permit you to login to the GUI as root. Of course, we're already able to login to root on the terminal with the sudo -i command.
NOTE You can always execute commands as root, while still using your normal user account, by prefacing commands with sudo. For help with using sudo or logging into the root account in terminal, see our guide on Kali Linux default password.
If you're running Kali Linux inside a VMware virtual machine, installing the VMware Tools software will help you get the most out of the system. VMware Tools will give the machine more capabilities, such as a shared clipboard with the host system, drag and drop file transfer, and automatic window resizing.
This makes copying data to and from a host system much more convenient. It also changes the VM's resolution automatically when its window is resized, so you don't need to change it manually. VMware Tools will work with just about any Linux distribution, but instructions can differ because of dependencies and package managers. Normally, Kali will automatically detect what platform the operating system has been installed on, and will include VMware Tools (if applicable) by default. If yours isn't working or you just need to know how to use the features, we've got you covered in this guide.
In this guide, we'll be going over the step by step instructions to get VMware Tools installed on Kali Linux. With these instructions, it doesn't matter what host system you're using, as long as the virtual machine is running Kali. This guide assumes that you've already installed Kali in the VM correctly.
Once a program has been compiled, it's tough to get a peek at the source code or to manipulate its behavior. But there is one thing we can do, which is to edit the hexadecimal values inside the binary files. This will sometimes reveal information about a file, or allow us to modify its behavior if we can edit the right bit.
A classic example is video game hacks. When playing a game, let's say your character has a health value of 100. Chances are that a certain bit can be edited to make it 9999. This works more reliably in older, basic games, but it illustrates how hex editors can modify a compiled binary file.
In this guide, we'll show how to install hex editors on Kali Linux, and give some examples so you can see how to use them on your own system.
The objective of this guide is to show how to install the Java Development Kit (JDK) on Kali Linux. This is needed by Java developers and programmers in order to compile and run Java applications. It's also required for security tools that are built in Java.
Kali Linux users have a lot of typing ahead of them. The process of gathering reconnaisance information before launching an attack, and finally using penetration testing tools against a target system, usually involves a lot of keystrokes and maybe a few command line terminals.
To maximize your productivity in Kali and save yourself some time, you can learn some keyboard shortcuts. In this guide, we've compiled a bunch of useful keyboard shortcuts into a cheat sheet, so you can refer back to it any time you need. We'll also show you how to create your own keyboard shortcuts.
The objective of this guide is to show how to enable and disable the WiFi on Kali Linux. This can be done either by GUI or command line, and we'll be showing the step by step instructions for both methods in this guide.
Perhaps you're thinking about installing Kali Linux, or have recently installed it but aren't sure of where to start. In this guide, we're going to go over some of our favorite penetration testing and hacking tools on the distro. This will give you a good impression of what's available, as well as some idea of how to use the various tools.
In this tutorial you will learn:
Best Kali Linux tools for penetration testing and hacking
Most Linux distributions have a "main" desktop environment they use - the one that comes installed by default in the distro's most popular download. For Kali Linux, it's Xfce.
If you prefer GNOME over Xfce or are just looking for a change of scenery, it's quite simple to switch desktop environments on Kali. In this guide, we'll walk you through the steps to install the GNOME desktop environment on Kali Linux.
In this guide, we'll be showing you how to take screenshots in Kali Linux. There are a few different utilities we can use to accomplish this task, and this article will ensure that you're familiar with them.
In this tutorial you will learn:
How to take a screenshot with Kali's screenshot utilities
How to use Flameshot for screenshots and annotations
How to use Kazam to take screenshots and screencasts
The objective of this guide is to show how to check what version of Kali Linux a system is running. This includes information such as the version number and what CPU architecture the system uses (i.e. 32 or 64 bit).
Kali is a rolling release, meaning that there are no full system upgrades. Rather, users just need to update all the packages on their system in order to upgrade to the latest version of Kali. With this in mind, it's not as much of a concern to know if your system has fallen out of date or not, as updating it can be done entirely with apt package manager. We'll show you how below.
The telnet utility, a once common protocol that graced the terminal of every system administrator and power user, was a precursor for SSH. These days, it's a forgotten relic that isn't installed by default on most Linux distros.
If you're running Kali Linux inside a VirtualBox virtual machine, installing the Guest Additions software will help you get the most out of the system. VirtualBox Guest Additions will give the machine more capabilities, such as a shared clipboard with the host system, drag and drop file transfer, and automatic window resizing.
This makes copying data to and from a host system much more convenient. It also changes the VM's resolution automatically when its window is resized, so you don't need to change it manually. Guest Additions will work with just about any Linux distribution, but instructions can differ because of dependencies and package managers. Normally, Kali will automatically detect what platform the operating system has been installed on, and will include Guest Additions (if applicable) by default. If yours isn't working or you just need to know how to use the features, we've got you covered in this guide.
In this guide, we'll be going over the step by step instructions to get VirtualBox Guest Additions installed on Kali Linux. With these instructions, it doesn't matter what host system you're using, as long as the virtual machine is running Kali. This guide assumes that you've already installed Kali in the VM correctly.
In this tutorial you will learn:
How to install VirtualBox Guest Addition on Kali Linux