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What is New in Kali Linux 2022.3 And, How to Upgrade Kali Linux to 2022.3

On 6th Dec, Offensive Security officially announced the release of Kali Linux 2022.4 on its blog. In the announcement, Offensive Security has confirmed a few things newly added exclusively in this fourth and final version of 2022. We created this post to make it easy for our TheSecMaster readers to know more about what is new in Kali Linux 2022.4, why you should upgrade Kali Linux to 2022.4, and finally, how to upgrade Kali Linux to 2022.4 from an older release. Let’s see the answers one by one without further delay.

What is Kali Linux?

Kali Linux is a Debian-based Linux distribution created for security professionals to perform penetration testing, security research, and digital forensics. It was developed by Offensive Security as the successor of BackTrack, the world’s most popular open-source security distribution.

Kali Linux comes with pre-installed tools and frameworks that can be used to assess the security of computer systems, networks, and even websites. It also provides a way to develop custom tools and frameworks that can be used to test security vulnerabilities.

As the distribution is based on Debian, it is highly customizable with numerous customization options available. Additionally, Kali Linux has a strong community of users who are always willing to help out newbies or those needing assistance. Its wide range of tools, combined with its ease of use and excellent user support, makes Kali Linux an ideal choice for security professionals.

What Is New in Kali Linux 2022.4?

Whenever you hear about a new release, the first question that hits your mind is none other than “what is new in the new release?”. That’s why we are here to answer. We created this post for all the fans of Kali Linux who want to know that Kali has been bundled in its new release. Let’s see what is new in Kali Linux 2022.4 one by one. 

Let’s see the summary of new features of Offensive Security offering in Kali Linux 2022.4:

  • Kernel Update
  • Kali is now available on more platforms including Microsoft’s Azure
  • 6 New Tools Added to the Repository
  • Desktop updates
  • NetHunter updates
  • Miscellaneous things covered

Kernel Update:

Offensive security started using the kernel v5.18.5 on its RISC architecture computers (Desktop and Server) and v5.15 on its ARM architecture (Single Board Computers or SBCs like Raspberry Pi).

Kali is now available on more platforms including Microsoft’s Azure:

Kali is on Azure Marketplace:
Kali is on Azure Marketplace

Kali Linux 2022.4 is now available on Azure Marketplace. Unfortunately, neither you will have a GUI interface nor any pre-installed tools on Azure cloud. However, if you want any packages, you are allowed to install them, as in the case of the desktop version. Please check out the following kali-docs page: Setting up RDP with Xfce.

Offensive security has introduced a QEMU image of Kali Linux with pre-generated images.

“We are now including a QEMU image with our pre-generated images. We hope this makes it easier for the people who use self-hosted Proxmox Virtual Environments (VE), virt-manager, or libvirt!”

“We are now including a QEMU image with our pre-generated images. We hope this makes it easier for the people who use self-hosted Proxmox Virtual Environments (VE), virt-manager, or libvirt!”
– Kali.org

6 New Tools Added to the Repository:

This time Offensive Security has added 6 new tools to its humongous list of toolsets, along with numerous package updates. Here you see the list of new tools:

  1. bloodhound.py – A Python-based ingestor for BloodHound
  2. certipy – Tool for Active Directory Certificate Services enumeration and abuse
  3. hak5-wifi-coconut – A user-space driver for USB Wi-Fi NICs and the Hak5 Wi-Fi Coconut
  4. ldapdomaindump – Active Directory information dumper via LDAP
  5. peass-ng – Privilege escalation tools for Windows and Linux/Unix* and MacOS.
  6. rizin-cutter – reverse engineering platform powered by rizin

Desktop updates:

This time both GENOME and KDE desktops have seen major updates in their various areas.

Kali has released GNOME 43 for GENOME desktops which comes with improvements across the board, ranging from a new quick settings menu, a redesigned Files app, and hardware security integration.

GENOME 43 with GTK3 theme on Kali 2022.4
GENOME 43 with GTK3 theme on Kali 2022.4

In this version, Kali has included KDE version 5.26 to enhance your desktop experience as a whole and make small improvements to various widgets. If you want to stay updated with the latest changes, be sure to read the Plasma 5.26 release announcement publication for all of the juicy details.

NetHunter updates:

Kali launched the new NetHunter pro, the official Kali Linux build for mobile devices. Now Kali 2022.4 NetHunter images are made available for the PinePhone, the PinePhone Pro, and Plasma Mobile modules. Check out this link for installation directions.

In addition this the release of NetHunter pro, the team has come up with enhancements in NetHunter too. A better internal Bluetooth support, audio support for Kex, improved Wardriving, Wireless firmware updates, and crash bugs in android 11/12 were fixed in NetHunter.

Miscellaneous things covered:

Miscellaneous things covered in Kali 2022.4 update
Miscellaneous things covered in Kali 2022.4 update

Why Should You Upgrade Kali Linux to 2022.4?

Kali Linux is a powerful, open-source security-focused operating system that serves as an invaluable tool for penetration testing and digital forensics. As such, it’s important to make sure your version of Kali Linux is always up-to-date with the latest features and bug fixes. Upgrading to the newest version of Kali Linux (2022.4) can help ensure you have access to all the latest tools and updates available.

Reasons to upgrade Kali Linux:

  • To ensure that you have the latest security fixes and enhancements
  • To take advantage of new features and improvements
  • To fix bugs that may be present in the current version
  • To prepare for future changes or updates to the system
  • To maintain compatibility with other software or hardware that may be updated

To be noted: updating the operating system is a potentially disruptive process, so it’s always a good idea to plan ahead and make sure that you have any necessary backups or procedures in place before proceeding.

How to Upgrade Kali Linux to 2022.4?

Now, let’s see how to upgrade Kali Linux to 2022.4 from any older versions. The Procedure we show here is very simple. It just needs three commands to complete the upgradation.

Time needed: 30 minutes.

How to Upgrade Kali Linux to 2022.4?

  1. Check the current Version

    You can check the distribution version using this command:In this demo we have Kali running v2022.3.

    $ sudo cat /etc/os-release


    Check the current Version

  2. Update the package lists or the package database

    Use this simple command to update the package list:

    $ sudo apt update

    OR

    $ sudo apt-get update


    Update the package lists or the package database

  3. Upgrade all packages

    You can use apt upgrade command instead. However, we recommend to use dist-upgrade as this comment try resolving dependency issues related to old packages.$ sudo apt dist-upgradeOR$ sudo apt-get dist-upgrade.

    $ sudo apt dist-upgrade

    OR

    $ sudo apt-get dist-upgrade


    Upgrade all packages

  4. Reboot the system

    Finally, reboot your system to save all of the updates.

    $ sudo reboot now


    Reboot the system

  5. Check the Version After reboot

    You can check the distribution version using this command. Since Kali Linux v2022.4 is the latest available version at the time of publishing this post, the system has upgraded to v2022.4 after reboot.

    $ sudo cat /etc/os-release


    Kali Linux upgraded to 2022.4

And that’s it! Your Kali installation should now be up-to-date. This is how you can upgrade Kali Linux to 2022.4.

In conclusion, upgrading Kali Linux to 2022.4 is highly recommended if you want to have the best experience possible when it comes to digital forensics and penetration testing. Upgrading to the newest version (2022.4) will give you access to all the latest tools and features available so you can more effectively protect your systems from potential threats.

We hope this post would help you learn what is new in Kali Linux 2022.4, and how to upgrade Kali Linux to 2022.4. Thanks for reading this tutorial post. Visit our social media page on FacebookLinkedInTwitterTelegramTumblr, & Medium and subscribe to receive updates like this.

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  1. I forget to add
    lsb_release -a
    No LSB modules are available.
    Distributor ID: Kali
    Description: Kali GNU/Linux Rolling
    Release: 2022.4
    Codename: kali-rolling
    My Usb flash is SanDisc 128GB Ultra….and alfa awus 0361ch wifi adapter.
    16GB DDR3 ,8 core AMD FX AM3+

  2. Hi,
    I have problem. I cannot upgrade 3 thing
    sudo apt-get dist-upgrade
    Reading package lists… Done
    Building dependency tree… Done
    Reading state information… Done
    Calculating upgrade… Done
    The following packages have been kept back:
    linux-headers-amd64 linux-image-amd64 linux-kbuild-6.0
    0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to remove and 3 not upgraded.

    apt list –upgradable
    Listing… Done
    linux-headers-amd64/kali-rolling 6.0.12-1kali1 amd64 [upgradable from: 6.0.7-1kali1]
    linux-image-amd64/kali-rolling 6.0.12-1kali1 amd64 [upgradable from: 6.0.7-1kali1]
    linux-kbuild-6.0/kali-rolling 6.0.12-1kali1 amd64 [upgradable from: 6.0.7-1kali1]

    Why I cannot upgrade it???
    Greeting

    1. We don’t think the upgrade is dependent on the underlying hardware.

      Did you try updating the repositories using ‘sudo apt update’? Well, it is nothing to do with the distro upgrade. Give it a try.

      If it doesn’t work, it might be possible that your security applications like Antivirus or Endpoint would stop the packages from getting downloaded. Try disabling the Antivirus of the host machine.

  3. Hi Arun. very nice put 🙂 I have a question about this upgrade, and maybe you can answer it.
    I use GNOME, not KDE, not xfce. I like GNOME. I use custom icons on my folders. Before this upgrade, which changes quite a lot in GNOME and I'm not very happy with them, you could easily change the icons.

    I noticed that unfortunately it wasn't as easy as in Windows, but I accepted. You click on the folder, you ctrl+I or alt+return and on the modal, you click on the icon, which sends you to the panel from where you chose the directory containing your custom icons. You click on it, the icon files appear as a list, but on the right side, when you select any of them, its thumbnail appears, pretty visible, I'm not sure if 80×80 or 128×128.

    Now this doesn't happen in 2022.4, only the list opens without the right thin panel showing the thumbnail. I have re-installed kali, I have upgraded, I have checked it on other debian like, it works as before, but in 2022.4 doesn't work anymore. Am I missing something? Is this a bug?

    I'll deeply appreciate a competent answer. I'm not an expert, but I like everything related to this distribution. Thank you very much 🙂

    1. Hello Daniel,

      We appreciate that you raised this issue. The fact is, we didn’t try this yet.

      Could you share this in a video format? You can drop an email with the video.

      1. Thank you very much, Arun. I made some screenshots, it's complicated with the video.. Thanks again, anyway. I have to reinstall 2022.3 again on other place to show you what I really mean with the change. I hoped it was just a bug, but it looks deeper than that. I'll think to a solution.

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