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Official Version of Kali Linux for Raspberry Pi4


At the end of June, the Raspberry Pi Foundation engineers officially unveiled the fourth generation of Raspberry Pi single-board computers. Compared to older models, the Raspberry Pi 4 has changed significantly and has acquired several notable innovations at once. The main technical characteristics of the new single-board are:

  • 64-bit quad-core Cortex-A72 processor with H.264 and H.265 support and a frequency of 1.5 GHz;
  • RAM LPDDR4 SDRAM with a capacity of 1, 2 or 4 GB to choose from;
  • two micro HDMI ports with dual monitor and 4K support;
  • VideoCore VI GPU with OpenGL ESx support;
  • Bluetooth 5.0 support, two USB 3.0 ports (in addition to two USB 2.0) and a USB Type-C port, replacing micro USB;
  • high-grade Ethernet 1 Gb / s (USB will no longer be a bottleneck), Wi-Fi with 802.11ac support.

The cost of new items depends on the amount of memory on board. So, the version with 1 GB of RAM costs $ 35, and variations from 2 and 4 GB will cost $ 45 or 55, respectively.

In less than a month, the developers of Offensive Security reported that they had already prepared the Kali Linux build for the updated and more powerful “raspberry”. Based on Debian, Kali Linux has been the number one operating system for all sorts of hackers and pentesters for many years.

Currently, Kali Linux for Raspberry Pi 4 is only available in the 32-bit version, although Offensive Security promises to release a 64-bit version in the very near future.This concerns only the Raspberry Pi 4, for the models 2 and 3 already exists a 64-Bit-Version.

The 32-bit version of Kali Linux for Pi 4 can be downloaded here , and detailed instructions on how to configure it are available here .

Among other things, Kali Linux can switch the WLAN hardware to monitor mode on the Raspberry Pi 4 and perform a frame injection attack. In this way, WLAN traffic can be overheard, recorded and manipulated with a compact device without additional hardware. As a desktop environment, the slim Xfce is used, the PC version of Kali Linux, however, sets by default on Gnome.


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