1. Getting Kali Linux Installed on WSL
  2. Updating Kali Linux on WSL
  3. Installing Penetration Testing tools on Kali
Kali Linux on Windows 10
Kali Linux on Windows 10

Kali Linux distribution is available for download on the official Microsoft App Store on Windows 10. This distro can be download and installed without any registration, dual boot or virtualization. This news was first announced a couple of weeks ago when the company was testing Xfce desktop for WSL.

Kali Linux is popular, open source distribution used widely for penetration testing. With Kali you will get a lot of penetration tools out of the box.

“This is especially exciting news for penetration testers and security professionals who have limited toolsets due to enterprise compliance standards.”

wrote Mati Aharoni, lead Kali developer, in a blog post.

The target audience are developers and sysadmins who want to write or deploy applications for Linux machines running on Cloud. Running Linux distros under WSL has it’s own shortcomings. System is as secure as is Windows 10. But the Kali Linux team sees some great possibilities too:

“While running Kali on Windows has a few drawbacks to running it natively (such as the lack of raw socket support), it does bring in some very interesting possibilities, such as extending your security toolkit to include a whole bunch of command line tools that are present in Kali.”

Being able to run Linux inside of Windows 10 gives developers native access to tools from both worlds: Linus and Windows as well.

Getting Kali Linux Installed on WSL

Below is quick description how to setup and install Kali on Windows 10 system.

Update Windows 10 and after that open an PowerShell as administrator. Install Windows Subsystem:

Enable-WindowsOptionalFeature -Online -FeatureName Microsoft-Windows-Subsystem-Linux

Reboot Windows system. Open Windows App store and search: “Kali Linux” application. Install app and enjoy …

Updating Kali Linux on WSL

Updating Kali Linux on WSL is no different from any other instance of Kali:

apt-get update
apt-get dist-upgrade

Installing Penetration Testing tools on Kali

Installing tools from the Kali Linux repository is usually done via apt commands. For example, to install the Metasploit Framework, you can simply use:

apt-get update
apt-get install metasploit-framework

Reference:

  1. Kali Linux Comes to Windows
  2. Kali.org
  3. The Offensive Security Team
  4. Kali Linux on Windows Store
  5. Offensive security