Kali Linux 2.0 Release notes and upgrade steps

Kali Linux (formally BackTrack Linux) based on Debian distribution with special software tools for penetration testing and forensic analysis. After almost 5 months of public development, Kali Linux projects proudly announced the release ofKali Linux 2.0
on August 11, 2015 with their very own Kali 2.0 ISOs for the first time.

What’s New in Kali Linux 2.0

  • Kernel 4.0
  • Gnome 3.14
  • Maltego 3.6.1
  • MSF 4.1.14
  • Nmap 4.69B4
  • Aircrack 1.2rc2
  • Burp
  • BeEF 4.6.1
  • Recon 4.6.0
  • JTR Jumbo
  • ZAP 2.4.0
  • PixieWPS 1.0
  • Hydra 8.1
  • BDF 3.0.5
  • based on Debian Jessie
  • improved hardware and wireless driver coverage
  • supported Desktop Environments (gnome, kde, xfce, mate, e17, lxde, i3wm)
  • Kali Linux is Now a Rolling Distribution
  • New software update alert added
  • Added support to GNOME 3
  • custom support for multi-level menus, true terminal transparency & gnome shell extensions
  • Kali Linux 2.0 included ARM Images & NetHunter 2.0
  • Updated VMware and VirtualBox Images
  • you can upgrade Kali 1.x to Kali 2.0
  • support metasploit-framework package
  • deprecated Metasploit Community / Pro package
  • Kali Linux 2.0 release notes

Note : 1) Don’t forget to take backup of your important/valuable data. If something goes wrong we will install freshly and restore the data.
2) Kali Linux Upgrade will take time based on your internet connection and package which you have installed on your box

Kali Linux 2.0 Download link

1) Checking Current Kali Linux Version

See the below screen shot which clearly shows, i’m using Kali Linux 1.1.0.
Command line output.

2) Kali Linux Upgrade

Use the below commands to upgrade your existing operating system to latest version of Kali Linux 2.0.

# backup repository list # 
[email protected] [~]# cp /etc/apt/sources.list  /etc/apt/sources.list.bak

# Replace the new code name into source list #
[email protected] [~]# cat << EOF > /etc/apt/sources.list
deb http://http.kali.org/kali sana main non-free contrib
deb http://security.kali.org/kali-security/ sana/updates main contrib non-free
# Update repository list # 
[email protected] [~]# apt-get update

# Upgrade Operating System #
[email protected] [~]# apt-get dist-upgrade

3) Checking Upgraded Kali Linux Version (Before reboot)

See the below screen shot which clearly shows, i’m using latest Kali Linux 2.0.
After reboot screenshot.

4) Starting up Metasploit Framework

how to start up the Metasploit Framework with database support in Kali Linux 2.0.

# Start the Postgresql Database #
[email protected] [~]# /etc/init.d/postgresql start

# Initialize the Metasploit Framework Database #
[email protected] [~]# msfdb init

# Run msfconsole #
[email protected] [~]# msfconsole


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