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Kali Linux Live USB: How to Run Kali from a Flash Drive

While there are many different types of Kali Linux images, the one we want for a portable live version is the "Live" download. You can choose between 64-Bit for AMD (for Intel chips), 64-Bit for ARM64 (such as the M1 chips in newer Macs), and 32-Bit for i386 (which you likely won't ever use because it's so outdated).

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Visit and download the appropriate Live image. We'll be using the 64-Bit for ARM64 since we're using an M1 Mac. No matter which one you choose, note that you will only be able to use the Xfce desktop environment, and you won't be able to specify additional (meta)packages to install.

Out of the box, currently, there is no graphical user interface, or any tools pre-installed. Should you want the default toolset (kali-linux-default) or any other combination of metapackages, it should be like any other Kali platform. For installing a desktop environment, we have the following kali-docs page: Setting up RDP with Xfce

I recently purchased a Surface Pro as my primary computer for network/IT tasks. I quickly realized that legacy boot os not an option, and UEFI is required for booting to a USB. Since Kali linux (pentesting distro) does not come with UEFI, I found a simple tweak that allows the installation of a UEFI bootloader so you can boot to a live USB install of Kali.

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Step 3: Start VirtualBox and you will notice that there is an "Import" button. Click on this button to open Import Virtual Appliance window. On this window, browse to find the Kali Linux VirtualBox image you just downloaded and select it to import (The file name should start with "kali linux" and end with the extension ".ova"). Then, click Next.

Very Interesting . Got the book and had a scroll through it . Very useful treatise of the various insides of Linux but only 20 or so pages of 344 on the use of Kali to check anything . I'll go over the book in detail when I download and try the distro but it just seems to be someones general release of a linux distro with their name on it with very little new stuff in it.

I covered this in detail in my recent post Hands-On: Kali Linux on the Raspberry Pi 4. Basically you just download the Kali Linux ARM Image for the Raspberry Pi, copy it to a microSD card, and you're ready to go. You don't have to go through the installer dialog described above, but that means if you actually need to change any of those things (user account, keyboard layout, time zone, disk partitioning and such) you have to use the normal Raspberry Pi OS (Linux) utilities to do so. What you end up with is a Kali system with the top10 group of tools installed, and account login credentials of kali/kali.

Next up, we need to download a live image of Kali Linux from the Kali website. There are 3 types of Kali Linux images you can download on their site, make sure you download the live image which is what we need to install Kali on a USB.

  • This is the first article in a series of security awareness articles. The first few articles will focus initially on WiFi security.For the purposes of hacking, people often tend to use the Kali distribution of Linux, which is generally regarded as the de facto standard package of tools used to facilitate penetration testing to secure data and voice networks. It was developed by Mati Aharoni and Devon Kearns of Offensive Security.This article will focus on creating a bootable USB drive containing Kali Linux, allowing one to boot up a computer from USB with Kali Linux. The original documentation can be found at -linux-live-usb-install and -linux-live-usb-persistence.For this article, you will need a Windows based computer and a USB drive of at least 8 GB.Start of by downloading the 64 bit ISO image file from Select the very first 3 GB file, named "Kali Linux 64bit" for amd64 based systems, assuming you will be using a 64 bit computer. Then, insert a USB drive into the computer of at least 8 GB.Download Win32 Disk Imager from Note that this tool doesn't work on Windows if you have a RAM disk and/or Encrypted disk configured on your system. If you do, then unmount these first. Use the Win32 Disk Imager tool to write the Kali ISO image file to the USB drive.Writing the ISO file takes a few minutes. As an alternative, you can also download the ISO image file on a Linux system, and use the dd command to write the ISO image file to the USB drive. For example, assuming the USB device on Linux is /dev/sdb, and the ISO image file is called kali-linux-2018.3a-amd64.iso, run:# dd if=kali-linux-2018.3a-amd64.iso of=/dev/sdb bs=512kAt this point, you can boot up Kali Linux from the USB drive. It may be necessary to change the boot order in the BIOS of the computer to boot from the USB drive (instead of the internal hard drive) first. The default password for the root user of Kali Linux is "toor".What has been created at this point is an operating system that you can use normally. You will notice however, that once you shut down and restart Kali Linux, that any changes you have made, will be gone. This is due to it not having any persistent storage, and thus losing all the changes mades once the operating system has been shut down or restarted.There is a way to create a persistent Kali Linux USB setup:Fist, boot Kali Linux from the USB drive you have prepared above. Run "lsblk" to identify which drive the USB drive is, for example /dev/sda. By looking at the output of the lsblk command, you can see that about 3.7 GB is in use for two different partitions. We'll be creating an additional partition for the persistent storage. Just to be safe, we'll create a new partition of 4 GB, starting at a location 4 GB through 8 GB on the USB drive:# parted /dev/sda mkpart primary 4gb 8gbThis will create a new partition called /dev/sda3. You can see this by running lsblk again. Next, create a file system on the new partition:# mkfs.ext3 -L persistence /dev/sda3# e2label /dev/sda3 persistenceNow create a mount point, mount the new partition there, and then create the configuration file to enable persistence. Finally, unmount the partition:# mkdir -p /mnt/my_usb# mount /dev/sda3 /mnt/my_usb# echo "/ union" > /mnt/my_usb/persistence.conf# umount /dev/sda3Next, reboot the system, and boot the Kali Linux Live persistence option:# rebootFrom now on it will be possible to write to the file systems, and changes will be maintained. The downside of creating a persistent USB version of Kali Linux is however, that the OS becomes slower, because it is now writing to the USB drive, which isn't that fast as writes to memory. There's also a method for creating an encrypted version of the persistent Kali Live Linux USB drive, which is described in more detail at -linux-live-usb-persistence.If you found this useful, here's more on the same topic(s) in our blog:Scanning WiFi networks

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What do you like best about the product?It's vast pre-installed applications related to pen-testing allows us to save time in searching and downloading applications. No need to download applications. Very good for using as live on USB and works as intended on it.What do you dislike about the product?A little bit heavier compared to some other linux distro and while very good for a experienced user, can be bad for a new user with no experience with it as it's easy to mistakenly do something you didn't intend to do.What problems is the product solving and how is that benefiting you?As an Information Security student, it allows me to have a dedicated system just for practicing hacking and improving my skills. It already having the tools I need saves me when I need to re-install it in case of a problem as I will not have to download every software I use again. THis is my personal opinion but before Kali, i had used different Os like Parrot, Ubuntu etc and Kali seems to suit my personal needs better

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