While the BlackArch team has released its last update for the year, BlackArch 2020.12.01, with the latest version bringing updated Linux kernel v5.9.11, and updated system packages, config files, and pen testing tools.
BlackArch 2020.12.01 also added over 100 new hacking tools, which brings the total number of available tools in BlackArch to 2608.
What's New in BlackArch 2020.12.01 Release?
BlackArch 2020.12.01 has the “Live ISO” renamed to “Full ISO” and along with renaming, there is a new “Slim ISO” featuring lightweight Xfce desktop environment currently in the works.
The core systems updated includes: vim plugins and window managers such as Openbox, Fluxbox, Awesome and spectrwm. Other changes in BlackArch 2020.12.01 Release includes:
- Blackarch-installer updated to v1.2.16
- Improvements to the vim config options
- Removal of unnecessary files from the ISO env
Additionally, there are fixes for bugs in packages like missing dependencies, and many more. And the official OVA image is available for VMware, Virtualbox, and QEMU.
How to Download or Upgrade to BlackArch 2020.12.01
BlackArch Linux is compatible with Arch installations, therefore, Arch Linux users can also install BlackArch on top of their current system by running the following commands:
$ curl -O https://blackarch.org/strap.sh
$ echo d062038042c5f141755ea39dbd615e6ff9e23121 strap.sh | sha1sum -c
$ chmod +x strap.sh
$ sudo ./strap.sh
$ sudo pacman -Syu
For installation of all tools from the BlackArch repository, you'll need to run the commands:
$ sudo pacman -S blackarch
And if you're a new user and want to try the latest BlackArch 2020.12.01, you can download either a full ISO containing the complete and functional BlackArch Linux system or netinstall ISO for the lightweight image for bootstrapping machines and follow the official guide to install it.