Taking a screenshot on Kali Linux

How to take a screenshot 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

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Running GNOME desktop environment on Kali Linux

How to install GNOME desktop on Kali Linux

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 tutorial you will learn:

  • How to install GNOME desktop on Kali Linux

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telnet command on Kali Linux

How to install and use telnet on Kali Linux

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.

Despite the other protocols that have come to replace it, telnet remains an ideal utility to test the connection to a certain port of a device. In this guide, we’ll see how to install telnet on Kali Linux, along with some usage examples.

In this tutorial you will learn:

  • How to install telnet
  • Command usage examples for telnet

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lsb_release command that shows what version of Kali is installed

How to check Kali Linux version

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 With this in mind, it’s not as much of a concern to know if your system has fallen out of date or not, as updating it can be done entirely with apt package manager.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.

In this tutorial you will learn:

  • How to check Kali Linux version

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KDE Plasma desktop environment on Kali Linux

How to install KDE dekstop on Kali Linux

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 KDE Plasma 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 KDE desktop environment on Kali Linux.

In this tutorial you will learn:

  • How to install KDE Plasma dekstop on Kali Linux

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Installation of VirtualBox Guest Additions on Kali Linux

How to install VirtualBox guest additions on Kali Linux

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

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Setting the system time via GUI and command line on Kali

How to set time on Kali Linux

The objective of this guide is to show how to set the system time on Kali Linux. This can be done from both GUI and command line, so we’ll be covering both methods in the following instructions.

Setting your system time and time zone is usually done when initially installing Kali. If you skipped that step during installation, have switched time zones, or your system clock has drifted out of sync, we’ll help you get it fixed.

In this tutorial you will learn:

  • How to set time on Kali from Xfce GUI
  • How to set time on Kali from command line

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traceroute on Kali Linux

How to use traceroute on Kali Linux

When performing digital reconnaissance or penetrating testing, it’s important to fingerprint a network by understanding what servers or devices sit between your system and a target. For example, security professionals can’t go straight to attacking a web server without first taking the time to see if there’s a firewall in front of it.

This is where the traceroute utility comes in. It can send a packet from your system to the target machine, and list out its entire route for the journey there. This will reveal how many devices your network data is passing through, as well as the IP address of each device.

Kali Linux has another similar reconnaissance utility called mtr, which mostly functions the same as traceroute. In this guide, we’ll see how to use traceroute and mtr, along with their various command options, on Kali.

In this tutorial you will learn:

  • How to use traceroute
  • How to use mtr

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Default user and password for Kali Linux

Kali Linux Default Password

The objective of this guide is to show the default username and password for Kali Linux. The guide will be applicable for persistent installations, as well as the live CD image and Kali virtual machine downloads in VirtualBox or VMware.

In this tutorial you will learn:

  • Default username and password for Kali
  • How to execute Linux commands with administrative root privileges
  • How to change to root shell
  • How to change user and root passwords
Default user and password for Kali Linux

Default user and password for Kali Linux

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pip3 on Kali Linux

How to install pip on Kali Linux

pip is the package manager for the Python coding language. It can be installed on a Linux system and then used on the command line to download and install Python packages and their requisite dependencies.

Python is a common language to use for hacking scripts, and on Kali Linux, the biggest use for pip would be to install needed dependencies for Python hacking programs. Whether you are developing your own script or trying to execute a third party Python program, having pip on your system will allow you to install dependency packages very easily.

In this guide, we’ll show you how to install pip for Python 3 on Kali. We’ll also show you basic usage commands for pip, such as installing and removing software packages. pip operates much like Kali’s package manager, which you’re probably already familiar with.

In this tutorial you will learn:

  • How to install pip on Kali
  • Basic usage commands for pip
pip3 on Kali Linux

pip3 on Kali Linux

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Cracking a password protected zip file on Kali Linux

How to crack zip password on Kali Linux

The objective of this guide is to show how to crack a password for a zip file on Kali Linux.

By default, Kali includes the tools to crack passwords for these compressed archives, namely the fcrackzip utility, John the Ripper and a word list. Follow along with us in the step by step instructions below as we show two different methods for cracking the password of a zip file.

In this tutorial you will learn:

  • What tools are used to crack password protected zip files?
  • How to crack zip password with John the Ripper
  • How to crack zip password with fcrackzip
Cracking a password protected zip file on Kali Linux

Cracking a password protected zip file on Kali Linux

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