Kali Linux 2.0 Top 10 post install tips by Offensive Security

With Kali Linux 2.0 released and everyone started upgrading, it’s imperative that we try to follow Official guides first.

Kali Linux 2.0 Top 10 post install tips by Offensive Security
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I get many readers who are using Kali Linux and will follow my guides (unfortunately, some would follow my guides first than following Official guides, duh… I’m honored but seriously … come on mate!) I was notified via email/twitter/Facebook message that some of my posts requires updating. This post was originally posted by Offensive Security, the good people who worked endlessly to create Kali Linux which contains valuable information’s. I am re-sharing this with my readers hoping that you will try to follow Kali Linux 2.0 Top 10 post install tips by Offensive Security first before you try my guide as I’ve had just 24 hours to evaluate my previous posts and correct those whereas the dev team at OffSec had months. So obviously, their posts and instructions will be more accurate than mine.

I’ve updated some parts of it as the official guides didn’t either explain much or didn’t had images for new users. Hope that’s OK!

With Kali 2.0 now released, we wanted to share a few post install procedures we find ourselves repeating over and over, in the hopes that you will find them useful as well. We’ve also slapped in some answers to common questions we’ve been getting.

This is re-blogged from Offensive Security’s blog post. Re-blogging it to raise awareness. Please visit Offensive Security Blog page for official updates.

Kali Linux 2.0 Top 10 post install tips by Offensive Security

Here is our top 10 list:

Enable or Disable the intelligent sidebar option

Some people love it, some people hate it. In smaller resolutions, it can be annoying. We’re talking about the disappearing sidebar on the left of the screen. Here’s a short video how to change this behaviour.

Add your SSH public key to Kali 2.0

Kali Linux 2.0 takes on the Debian SSH configuration option, default since Jessie, which disallows root logins without a key.

root@kali:~# grep Root /etc/ssh/sshd_config
 PermitRootLogin without-password

The less preferred alternative, is to change the PermitRootLogin parameter to “yes”, and restart the SSH server, which will allow remote password root logins. For safer remote root SSH access, add your public key to the authorized_keys file.

Install Nvidia drivers if you need them

If you have an NVIDIA graphics card, you should follow these instructions to get the NVIDIA drivers installed in Kali 2.0.

Install VMWare or Virtualbox guest tools if you need them

Our instructions on installing virtual guest tools haven’t changed much and work well on the latest version of VMWare (Workstation and Fusion), as well as VirtualBox.

Here’s a detailed guide with explanation for VirtualBox:

Correct way to install Virtualbox Guest Additions packages on Kali Linux

Disable the Screen Lock Gnome feature

We missed disabling this feature in our official builds, but will do so in an upcoming update and future ISO releases. This is the fastest way to disable the screen lock Gnome feature:

Don’t add extra repositories to your Kali 2.0 install

If for some reason you chose “no” when asked “use a network mirror” during you Kali installation, you may be missing some entries in your sources.list file. If this is the case, check the official repository list that should be in that file. Despite what many unofficial guides instruct you to do, avoid adding extra repositories to your sources.list files. Don’t add kali-dev, kali-rolling or any other Kali repositories unless you have a specific reason to – which usually, you won’t. If you must add additional repositories, drop a new sources file in /etc/apt/sources.list.d/ instead.

Kali Linux 2.x – Kali Sana details and explanations can be found in adding official Kali Linux 2.0 – Kali Sana Repositories page.

Add a non-root user if you’re not comfortable running as root

Kali Linux got only root user by default. While most applications require root access, it’s always a good idea to add a second user. Open terminal and type following to create new user (replace user1 with your desired user name)

useradd -m user1

(Note: -m means create home directory which is usually /home/username)

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Now set password for this user

passwd user1

Enter desired password twice Add user to sudo group (to allow user to install software, allow printing, use privileged mode etc.)

usermod -a -G sudo user1

(Note: -a means append or add and –G mean to specified group/groups) Change default shell of previously created user to bash

chsh -s /bin/bash user1

To learn more, follow this excellent and detailed post on adding remove user (standard user/non-root) in Kali Linux. This post explains how to add a user with all user directories already in place (thereby avoiding “Could not update .ICEauthority var/lib/gdm3/.ICEauthority” or any error containing .ICEauthority or permission in general.

Avoid installing Flash Player

Just don’t.

Keep the Kali system up to date

We pull upstream updates from Debian 4 times a day. This ensures that security updates are implemented in Kali on an ongoing basis. You should keep your system up to date by regularly running the following commands:

 apt-get clean && apt-get update && apt-get upgrade -y && apt-get dist-upgrade -y

Avoid manual installations of tools in FSH defined directories

There’s several ways you can use Kali – either as a “throw away pentesting machine” or as a “long term use OS“. The “throw away” method entails setting up Kali for a one off engagement or short term use, and then killing off the OS when done (this usually happens in virtual environments). The “long term use” use case describes people who want to use Kali on an ongoing basis for day-to-day use. Both methods are perfectly valid, but require different treatment. If you plan to use Kali on a day-to-day basis, you should avoid manual installs of programs in FSH defined directories, as this would conflict with the existing apt package manager.

My comments

I am trying to update old blog posts as fast as I can. Readers, do understand Offensive Security/Kali Linux Dev team got way more people (compared to me only) and their instructions are to be followed first. I am happy to update/modify any posts if there’s a fault. If you’ve found an issues with any of the posts, do correct me.

Thanks and enjoy your Kali Linux 2.0 – Kali Sana. Re-share this post to raise awareness.

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  1. Nice work been following for awhile now you really should get back to YouTube dude you could be a hell of a youtuber.

  2. When I follow the instructions from the link above to install Nvidia drivers, I get a lot of these: “Err http://http.kali.org/kali/ sana/non-free nvidia-alternative amd64 340.76-2kali1 404 Not Found

  3. why there are no “places” tab at the top” and I didn’t find any “dash to dock” in extension. Also there is no “settings” available for me. can you help ;)

  4. vlc is not running in kali linux 2.0

  5. Still running intomajor issues installing Chrome.
    Followed your information, used gksu -u chromeuser google-chrome and here is what followed:
    (google-chrome:7464): dconf-CRITICAL **: unable to create directory ‘/run/user/0/dconf’: Permission denied. dconf will not work properly.
    libGL error: failed to open drm device: Permission denied
    libGL error: failed to load driver: i965
    [7498:7498:0815/180334:ERROR:sandbox_linux.cc(345)] InitializeSandbox() called with multiple threads in process gpu-process

    Also the built in flash keeps crashing.


    • naahna@opentrash.com

      what did you exactly not understand of this “Avoid installing Flash Player

      Just don’t….. ” hint ??? besides kali shouldnt be your everyday os…. on another sidenote its pretty well known that flash is a huge security issue and recommended simply everywhere to leave… firefox ditched flash for a reason! wellknown like said…. second the advice JUST DONT!

  6. Unable to install VirtualBox Guest Additions as by the method you have described in the link given.

  7. how can i use Wi-Fi on kali linux

    • Hey…I’m rather new to linux and even though it kind of is BEGGING to not receive any help by asking such a generalized question here, I’m still going to ATTEMPT (I can’t stress that word enough as I am still very much learning myself) to try and point you in the right direction because I am very familiar with the growing pains one must endure when attempting to learn linux (ESP if you’ve only ever used MS Windows for the most part)….Are you aware of the type of wireless card your machine is using? There was an issue with Kali 2.0 where a lot of Intel wireless cards that come built into a huge amount of PC’s wasn’t able to be installed via the GUI installation version of the OS…however, I ended up tracking down an answer that I believed to be adequate which came from Intel….follow the link…be prepared to do a little reading/homework….Hopefully this helps.


  8. where is Main Menu ?? .. i cant find him … in kali 1.x it shows in Applications> System Tools> Perefrences > Main Menu

    i want to add cobaltstrike and havij to the Applications Menu … Please Help me

  9. having issues setting up a PIA VPN in Kali 2.0 – can’t find any resources that work with 2.0

  10. My recommendation is to download Light version of Kali 2.0 , install it and use
    apt-get install kali-linux-all
    to update Kali to full version
    Also one of post install useful step is
    apt-get install unrar unace rar unrar p7zip zip unzip p7zip-full p7zip-rar file-roller -y

  11. trying to install NVidia drivers to activate CUDA password cracking on my GeForce GTX 750 Ti.

    On a clean VirtualBox image of Kali 2.0, I do the following:

    apt-get update
    apt-get dist-upgrade
    apt-get install -y linux-headers-$(uname -r)
    apt-get install nvidia-kernel-dkms

    per the instructions. The last install complains in a Configuring xserver-xorg-vidso-nvidia box:

    Manual configuration required to enable NVIDIA driver.
    The NVIDIA driver is not yet configured; it needs to be enabled in xorg.conf before it can be used.
    Please see package documentation for instructions.

    Is this correct? Does this need to be fixed?

  12. Every time I try to connect net using data card in kali 2.0 It shows error in starting connection.Is there any way to solve it as I dont know much of kali?

    • I’ve another issue. my CDMA Qualacom modem is not being detected. i did lsusb it is shown as mass storage device. then i tried to swtich it also i did modprobe bt still no success! it worked fine ubuntu which i was using before kali. help me guys if u know how to sort this out..

  13. my genymotion doesnt work on new kali 2.0…..and it still needs alot of upgrades compared to previous versions cobalt strike doesnt work also ….

  14. how to Uninstall Adobe Flash player on Kali linux 2.0 Sana?

    • If you have not figured out how to remove flash player try this. # apt-get remove adobe flash player. you may have to tweak a bit depending on what version of flash it is. let me know how it worked out.

  15. i can’t run executable apps such as , eclips which was work fine in previous version of kali . any help

  16. hey guys, im a noob on this program, how can i get better help pls

  17. Terminal won’t open whatsoever loading just stays there, not a RAM problem Intel Core i5-4210U CPU @ 1.70GHz × 4 5.8Gb RAM

  18. What about us AMD/ATI GPU users? (Not to complain or anything, just wondering if that is being worked on or not). I haven’t followed the last guide (not completely, yet, as it gets stuck for me installing the fglrx-driver, which it reports as broken held packages) but Sana seems to have broken some things that it had, or did I mess it up somehow?

  19. I install kali linux 2.0 but I didn’t connected to my broadband internet connection. Please give me a solution with graphical user interface videos.

  20. OK… so prior to 2.0 I could boot into Kali, get a terminal, type “airmon-ng check kill”, “airmon-ng start wlan0 11”, then start wireshark (which I had, in the options, entered my wifi key correctly, and enabled decryption) and begin capturing on mon0.

    Now airmon-ng is naming the supposed monitor mode “wlan0mon” or something. If I dont “check kill” first then it makes a “wlan0mon0mon” but it seems to at least be capturing but all trafic is shown as 802.11 protocol – no decrypt. If I do the “check kill” it doesn’t even see any traffic on wlan0mon.

    What in kali 2.0 has changed? Is it Airmon-ng? Has this been addressed by them yet? I can’t find anything about it but I’ll keep looking. I’ve seen alot of posts about this issue and but the gods remain oddly silent.

  21. I installed openvpn when i try to connect to a server using config — cilent.ovpn it shows initialisation sequence completed but no internet connection please help

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  24. Any clue why whenever I do update or upgrade it crashes my whole computer. … not even just the vmware. … the whole pc. Windows 10 btw

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