The third point version of Kali Linux 2020 series, Kali Linux 2020.3 has been released by Offensive Security, with a number of exciting new penetration testing tools and improvements.
While the second update for 2020, Kali Linux 2020.2 came with major features like non-root user policy and Nexmon support, also bringing WiFi monitor and frame injection to wlan on mobile devices.
The major new update to the Kali Linux 2020.3 is perhaps the addition of Z Shell (ZSH shell), as formerly, Kali Linux uses Bourne Again Shell (BASH) by default; but with the introduction of Z Shell, Kali will be switching from default BASH to ZSH shell.
What's new in Kali Linux 2020.3 Release?
Kali Linux 2020.3 Release brings ZSH, which is an extended version of BASH with several improvements. Albeit, BASH remains the default shell in 2020.3 release, but ZSH now comes pre-installed and will be replacing BASH in the next update, Kali Linux 2020.4.
The new Kali has also introduced a “kali-hidpi-mode” to automatically switch between HiDPI displays, and instead of using manual settings, Kali users can now simply type in kali-hidpi-mode or select it from the menu to automatically switch. As most of the popular Linux distros are already supporting HiDPI (High Dots Per Inch) displays like Linux Mint 20 and Ubuntu 20.04.
Also, Offensive Security has added updates to its ARM Images for ARM-based devices, such as Raspberry Pi and Pinebook Pro, with the changes including the kali-linux-default metapackages and the size reduction for all new ARM images.
Additionally, the mobile penetration testing platform based on Kali Linux for Android devices, Kali NetHunter has been further extended with support for Nokia 3.1 and Nokia 6.1 smartphones.
How to Upgrade to Kali Linux 2020.3?
For existing users who are using the previous version of Kali Linux, they can simply run the following command to upgrade their system to the latest Kali Linux 2020.3:
sudo apt update && sudo apt -y full-upgrade
If you are using any of the above named Nokia phones, you can download the images available here and also install all the default tools using the following command:
sudo apt install -y kali-linux-default
And for a fresh installation from scratch, you can download the ISO image from the official page for the different supported versions and systems.