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Mastering Kali Linux for Advanced Penetration Testing by Robert W. Beggs

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Configuring and customizing Kali Linux

Kali is a framework that is used to complete a penetration test. However, the tester should never feel tied to the tools that have been installed by default, or by the look and feel of the Kali desktop. By customizing BackTrack, a tester can increase the security of client data that is being collected, and make it easier to do a penetration test.

Common customizations made to Kali include:

  • Resetting the root password
  • Adding a non-root user
  • Speeding up Kali operations
  • Sharing folders with MS Windows
  • Creating encrypted folders

Resetting the root password

To change a user password, use the following command:

passwd root

You will then be prompted to enter a new password, as shown in the following screenshot:

Adding a ...

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