Set Kali root password and enable root login

Until recently, Kali Linux used the root account by default and now you need to set Kali root password manually. In the latest versions of Kali, root login is disabled, forcing you to login to the GUI as your normal user account. The reasoning behind this change should be obvious, but if you’re a Kali user, you probably know your way around a Linux system by now, and there’s not much risk in letting you use the root account to login.

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How to dual boot Kali Linux and Windows 10

If you want to run Kali Linux on your system but you already have Windows 10 installed, you have a couple of options. One thing you could do is install Kali Linux in a virtual machine, as we’ve shown in our tutorials for installing Kali in VMware and installing Kali in VirtualBox.

The other option is to create a dual boot environment for Kali and Windows. Both options have their pros and cons. The main reason you might want to dual boot with Kali, as opposed to running it in a virtual machine, is to give Kali direct access to your system’s hardware. This way, you don’t have the overhead of a hypervisor, and direct access to components is a lot easier, such as for a Wi-Fi adapter. This is a big selling point if you plan to test the security of Wi-Fi hotspots, for example.

A dual boot environment works by prompting you at startup to select which operating system you’d like to load into. So, you’ll have to reboot your computer each time you want to load into a different operating system. That’s the only disadvantage of this method, but for a system like Kali it should prove worth it.

Ready to get Kali Linux installed alongside Windows 10? Read on below as we take you through all the steps.

In this tutorial you will learn:

  • How to install Kali Linux alongside Windows 10
  • How to load into Kali Linux or Windows 10 at system boot

Selecting Kali or Windows at system boot

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Use JoomScan to scan Joomla for vulnerabilities on Kali

When installing a content management system for your website, it’s easy to get lazy and assume that it’s going to do all the work for you. A CMS like Joomla certainly does make things more convenient, and lets you publish a polished website very quickly, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take some extra time to secure it.

If your website is running Joomla, you can use the JoomScan utility against your site to uncover vulnerabilities or just general information that can assist in an attack against your site. Once you’re aware of the the site’s weak spots, you can take the proper steps to secure it. JoomScan works similarly to WPScan, which is used for scanning WordPress sites for vulnerabilities.

In this guide, we’ll see how to use JoomScan on Kali Linux. JoomScan itself is not a tool that can be used maliciously while performing simple scans against a site, unless you consider the extra traffic itself to be malicious. But the information it reveals about a site can be leveraged by attackers to launch an attack. Therefore, make sure you have permission to scan a website when using this tool.

In this tutorial you will learn:

  • How to use JoomScan
Using JoomScan on Kali Linux

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How to install VMware Tools on Kali Linux

If you’re running Kali Linux inside a VMware virtual machine, installing the VMware Tools software will help you get the most out of the system. VMware Tools will give the machine more capabilities, such as a shared clipboard with the host system, drag and drop file transfer, and automatic window resizing.

This makes copying data to and from a host system much more convenient. It also changes the VM’s resolution automatically when its window is resized, so you don’t need to change it manually. VMware Tools will work with just about any Linux distribution, but instructions can differ because of dependencies and package managers. Normally, Kali will automatically detect what platform the operating system has been installed on, and will include VMware Tools (if applicable) by default. If yours isn’t working or you just need to know how to use the features, we’ve got you covered in this guide.

In this guide, we’ll be going over the step by step instructions to get VMware Tools installed on Kali Linux. With these instructions, it doesn’t matter what host system you’re using, as long as the virtual machine is running Kali. This guide assumes that you’ve already installed Kali in the VM correctly.

In this tutorial you will learn:

  • How to install VMware Tools on Kali Linux

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How to provide user with root privileges on Kali Linux

Many of the hacking tools on Kali Linux require root privileges to execute, not to mention all the ordinary Linux commands that require it. If you’re sick of having to preface commands with sudo and typing in the root password often, we have a couple of solutions for you.

You can login to the root user in terminal with the sudo -i command, as we explain in our guide on Kali Linux default password. Alternatively, you can see our guide on enabling root login in Kali in order to login to the GUI with the root account.

The last option is to provide a normal user account with root privileges. In this guide, we’ll go through the step by step instructions to grant root privileges to a normal user account on Kali Linux.

In this tutorial you will learn:

  • How to provide user with root privileges on Kali Linux

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How to install Java on Kali Linux

The objective of this guide is to show how to install the Java Development Kit (JDK) on Kali Linux. This is needed by Java developers and programmers in order to compile and run Java applications. It’s also required for security tools that are built in Java.

In this tutorial you will learn:

  • How to install Java JDK in Kali Linux

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