Welcome to our second release of 2019, Kali Linux 2019.2, which is available for immediate download. This release brings our kernel up to version 4.19.28, fixes numerous bugs, includes many updated packages, and most excitingly, features a new release of Kali NetHunter!
Kali NetHunter 2019.2 Release
Thanks to the tireless contributions from the vibrant NetHunter community led by re4son, binkybear, fattire, jmingov, jcadduono, kimocoder, and PaulWebSec, NetHunter now supports over 50 devices running all the latest Android versions, from KitKat through to Pie. To celebrate this milestone, we have released 13 new NetHunter images for the latest Android versions of our favourite devices, including:
- Nexus 6 running Pie
- Nexus 6P, Oreo
- OnePlus2, Pie
- Galaxy Tab S4 LTE & WiFi, Oreo
These and many more can be downloaded from our NetHunter page. If you cannot find an image for your favourite device and you are interested in porting NetHunter, we would love for you to join our community and give it a crack. More information can be found at our new home on GitLab.
This release largely features various tweaks and bug fixes but there are still many updated tools including seclists, msfpc, and exe2hex.
For the complete list of updates, fixes, and additions, please refer to the Kali Bug Tracker Changelog.
For our ARM users, be aware that the first boot will take a bit longer than usual, as it requires the reinstallation of a few packages on the hardware. This manifests as the login manager crashing a few times until the packages finish reinstalling and is expected behaviour.
Download Kali Linux 2019.2
If you would like to check out this latest and greatest Kali release, you can find download links for ISOs and Torrents on the Kali Downloads page along with links to the Offensive Security virtual machine and ARM images, which have also been updated to 2019.2. If you already have a Kali installation you’re happy with, you can easily upgrade in place as follows.
root@kali:~# apt update && apt -y full-upgrade
Ensuring your Installation is Updated
To double check your version, first make sure your Kali package repositories are correct.
root@kali:~# cat /etc/apt/sources.list deb http://http.kali.org/kali kali-rolling main non-free contrib
Then after running ‘apt -y full-upgrade’, you may require a ‘reboot’ before checking:
root@kali:~# grep VERSION /etc/os-release VERSION="2019.2" VERSION_ID="2019.2" root@kali:~# uname -a Linux kali 4.19.0-kali4-amd64 #1 SMP Debian 4.19.28-2kali1 (2019-03-18) x86_64 GNU/Linux
If you come across any bugs in Kali, please open a report on our bug tracker. We’ll never be able to fix what we don’t know about.