NOTE : Kali Linux Rolling 2016.2 has been released. This guide works even for that too.
Good evening friends. I have seen that most of the people are still facing many problems while installing Kali Linux in Virtualbox. So today i brought the easiest method to install Kali linux in Virtualbox. It doesn’t involve typing of any lengthy commands. For this howto, I am installing Kali Linux v2.0 Sana in virtualbox version 5. This howto works for any host OS, from Windows XP to Windows 10. Just install the latest Virtualbox version for that operating system.
The makers of Kali Linux are providing prebuilt virtualbox images which are available for download here. First download the image. It would be a compressed image. Now extract the contents of the file at any location of your choice.
It would be a ova extension file as shown below.
Now open Virtualbox. Go to “File” and choose option “Import appliance”. Click on it.
As soon as you click on it, the below window will open.
Now, browse to the location of the OVA file we just downloaded. Click on “Next”.
You will see the below window. Check out all the options shown. Change any options if required.
Make sure that the location where you are creating disk has enough space. Click on Import.
The process of importing will start as shown below.
It will take some time to process. Just wait. As soon as the importing is over you will see the virtual machine as shown below.
Power On the virtual machine. After some system processes, you will be asked for the username. The username is “root”.
Next you will be prompted for password. The default password is “toor”.
If everything went well, you should see the interface as shown below. Go to full screen to see if its working. You are all good to go. See, this is the easiest way to install Kali Linux in virtualbox. Hope it was helpful. Please comment if you encounter any problem. I would be happy to solve it.
Hi everybody, the much awaited Kali Linux V2.0 Sana has been released. It can be downloaded from here. Another good news is there is a new version of Oracle VirtualBox named version 5.o available for download here. So let us see how to install Kali Linux V2.o Sana in Virtualbox 5.0.
Open VirtualBox and click on New virtual machine wizard. The below window will open. Give the name you like for the virtual machine. Assign type as “Linux” and version as “Debian(32-bit)”. Assign memory size of atleast 768MB and select the option “Create a virtual hard disk now”. Click on “Create”.
Choose the location where you want your virtual machine to be located. Keep the file size atleast 15GB. If you prefer to use your virtual machine in any other virtualization software like Vmware(VMDK) or others, choose appropriately else select VDI. Leave the storage to be “Dynamically allocated”. Click on “Create”.
Now go to Virtual machine settings, click on “system settings”, on the “processor” tab check the option “Enable PAE/NX” and click on “OK”.
Now power on the virtual machine and browse to the iso file you downloaded from the website. Click on “Start”.
When the Boot menu appears, select “Install”.
Select the language you prefer for installation process using “space” bar and hit on “Enter” after selecting.
Select your appropriate location.
Select the keymap you prefer.
Enter the hostname for your system. I named it as Kali. Hit on “Continue”.
Assign a domain name if you want. You can leave it blank if you want. Click on “Continue”.
Assign the password for root account.
Confirm the root password.
Select the partitioning option you prefer. If you are a newbie, select the first option as shown below.
Select the disk to format. Obviously you will have only one disk to format.
Select the partitioning scheme you prefer. If you are a new user, select the first option as recommended.
A summary of your selections is listed. Proceed to finish partitioning and write changes to the disk as shown below.
Select “Yes” to write changes to disk.
Select a network mirror if you want otherwise select “no”.
If you get stuck on a blue screen for a bit long time as shown below, don’t panic. Just wait for the system to finish its job.
Next, install the Grub bootloader when prompted to install.
Select the hard disk on which to install GRUB bootloader. Since we have not partitioned our hard disk, that would be second choice as shown below.
The system will start installing. Once the installation is finished as shown below, click on “Continue” to restart the system.
Once system reboots, enter username. The default username is “root”. Click on “Next”.
Next, enter the password. That would be the password you configured above. Hope you have not forgotten it.
The new Kali Linux V2.0 Sana will look like below. Congrats, you have successfully installed Kali Linux in virtualbox. Next, let’s install Virtualbox guest additions.
Go to Devices and click on “Insert Guest Additions CD image” as shown below.
You will see a CD image on the Desktop as shown below. The system will automatically prompt you to run the CD.
But when you click on “Run”, you will get the error as shown below.
Now open a teminal. Type command “cd /media“. Next type “ls“. type “cd cdrom” and type “ls” once again as shown below. The guest addition CD is mounted at the location cdrom and we just navigated to that location. Copy the highlighted file as shown below to the root directory by using command “cp VBoxLinuxAdditions.run /root”.
Now navigate to the root directory by typing command “cd /root” and type ls to see if the file has been successfully copied to the directory. Now change the permissions of the file by using command “chmod 755 VBoxLinuxAdditions.run” . Now let us execute the file by typing “./VBoxLinuxAdditions.run”
The file will start executing as shown below. Once it finishes execution, restart the system.
If everything goes well, guest additions will be installed successfully.
If you face any problem, please leave comments below.
Here’s a video version how to install Kali Linux V2.0 Sana in virtualbox.
Matriux Krypton is a pen testing distribution based on Debian. It consists of almost 300 security tools for ethical hacking categorized as arsenals. It has a category for data recovery which is not prevalent in other penetration testing distros. Today we are going to see how to install Matriux Krypton Ec-Centric in Oracle Virtual box. It can be downloaded from here. Open Virtualbox and click on “New virtual machine”. On the popup window, give the name as Matriux ( in fact any name you like ). Select operating system as “Linux” and version as “Ubuntu”. Click on “Next”.
Select the appropriate memory you want to assign to the virtual machine and click on “Next”.
Select the option “create a virtual hard drive file” and click on “Create”.
Select Hard drive file type as VDI. Click on “Next”.
Choose appropriate storage option and click on “Next”.
Set your virtual hard disk size appropriately but I suggest you to keep it above 8 GB. Click on “Create”.
Select the location of the iso file and click on “Start”.
Select the option “Live” and hit Enter.
Log into account matriux. The default password is “toor“.
If everything went well, your system should look like this.
Before running the Matriux disk Installer, we need to perform some operations. Go to “System>Administration>Gparted” as shown below.
Enter the administrative password as “toor”. Click on “OK”.
In the gparted window, click on “Create Partition table”.
When a warning is shown, click on “Apply”.
Right click on the unallocated hard disk and select “New” as shown below.
Change the file system to ext3 and click on “Add”.
We can see our “New Partition” ready to be created. Click on the “tick mark with blue background”.
We can see our partition created as below.
Close the window and click on “Matriux Disk Installer” we saw above. When the window opens as below, click on “Yes”.
Choose the partition we created( i.e /dev/sda1) and click on “OK”.
Click on “OK”.
Click on “OK”.
Create a personal account login name.
Choose the password for you personal account. Click on “OK”.
Choose the root account password. Click on “OK”.
Select the appropriate locale as en_US. Click on “OK”.
If everything goes well, we will get a window as shown below. Click on “Yes”.
We will get the below message after successful installation. Click on “Yes” to reboot your system and you are ready to go.
Good evening friends. We have seen how to create a virtual pentest lab both in Oracle VirtualBox (see here) and Vmware Workstation(see here). Although both penetration testing labs were almost similar, there is a small difference between them . As the title of this howto already implies it is the absence of DHCP server in the pentest lab we created using Virtualbox. VirtualBox provides a DHCP server but it can’t be turned on using the GUI feature unlike Vmware Workstation. So let’s see how to enable DHCP server in Virtualbox networks. I am going to assign DHCP server to my pentest lab I created above. I will assume that virtualbox is installed on Windows. Open CMD and navigate to the directory where Virtualbox is installed. By default it will be “C:Program Files OracleVirtualBox”. Type the command “vboxmanage dhcpserver add –ip 10.10.10.1 –netmask 255.0.0.0 –lowerip 10.10.10.2 –upperip 10.10.10.10 –netname pentestlab”. Hit Enter.
In the above command, “vboxmanage dhcpserver add –ip 10.10.10.1” starts a DHCP server with IP address 10.10.10.1 . The “–netmask 255.0.0.0″ assigns subnet mask for the network. The “–lowerip” and “–upperip” options assign a lower ip address and upper ip address respectively. The “–enable” option enables the DHCP server we just created. The “–netname” option assigns a name to the network. Now we have successfully created an internal network named pentestlab with its own DHCP server. Now change the network adapter settings of the attacker machine ( Kali Linux ) to pentestlab.
Similarly change the network settings of the victim machine.
Now start the attacker machine (Kali Linux) to see if the IP address is automatically assigned. If the IP address has not been assigned, disable the adapter using command “ifdown eth0″ and re enable it by typing command “ifup eth0″. Now check if the IP address has been assigned or not by typing command “ifconfig”.
Similarly check on the victim machine.
We can see that the IP addresses have been automatically assigned successfully starting from the range of 10.10.10.2. Hope this was helpful.
Oracle VirtualBox is the virtualization software we will be using to create our lab. We will be using Kali Linux as the attacker machine and Metasploitable 2 as the victim machine. Install Kali Linux and Metasploitable 2 in VirtualBox.
Select Kali Linux, Go to settings > network. Enable “network adapter 1″. Set the “Attached to” option to “internal network”. Set the name of the network adapter to “intnet”. Click on “OK” to save the settings.
Do the same for Metasploitable virtual machine.
Power on the metasploitable VM. Log into the system. Default username and password are “msfadmin”.
Type the command “ifconfig” to see the IP addresses of interfaces.
The ‘lo’ interface is the loopback. Now we are going to set the IP address on the interface “eth0”. Type the command “sudo ifconfig eth0 10.10.10.2 netmask 255.0.0.0 up”. The sudo password is “msfadmin. Verify that the IP address is set by typing command “ifconfig”.
Power on Kali Linux. In the terminal, type command “ifconfig eth0 10.10.10.1 netmask 255.0.0.0 up”. Verify if the IP address is set by typing command “ifconfig”.
Test whether this system can communicate with victim system by pinging the victim machine as shown below.
The connection is successful. Our penetration testing lab is ready. Happy practising.
Today I’m gonna show you how to install metasploitable in VirtualBox. Metasploitable is a Linux virtual machine made vulnerable intentionally for testing purposes. This virtual machine can be used to conduct security training, test security tools, and practice common penetration testing techniques. For this i am going to use Metasploitable 2 which can be downloaded from here. After downloading the zip archive, extract the files into a folder. The file contents look like below.
Open VirtualBox and click on “New Virtual machine wizard”. Type the name of your choice. I am using ‘Metasploitable-2‘. Choose ‘Type’ as Linux and ‘version’ as Ubuntu. Click on “Next”.
Choose the memory size appropriate to the availability of RAM on your host machine although 512MB is more than enough. Click on “Next”.
In the hard drive creation window, select option “Use an existing virtual hard drive”, browse to the folder where we have extracted our zip files and select the ‘vmdk’ file available. Click on “Create”.
Then you are automatically booted into the metasploitable OS. The default username and password are “msfadmin”.
NOTE : Kali Linux version 2017.1 has been released and I decided to update this howto. Ofcourse, this guide also works with previous releases of Kali Linux.
Hi Friends. as you already know, the latest version of Kali, Kali rolling edition 2017.1 has been released. The rolling edition of Kali Linux gives users the best of all worlds – the stability of Debian, together with the latest versions of the many outstanding penetration testing tools created and shared by the information security community. The best feature I like in this version is constantly updated tools. Now let us see how to install this latest version of Kali linux in virtualbox and I assure you, this will be the easiest guide.
For this howto, I am using the latest version of Oracle Virtualbox, i.e version 5.1.22. Ever since Sana has been released, the makers of Kali Linux have also released Pre-built virtual images for virtualbox and Vmware. We will use that virtualbox image in this howto. Go here and download the Pre-built virtualbox image. They are as shown below (Download the latest version).
This howto is using the Kali Linux 32bit VBox PAE . Your downloaded contents should look like below. As you can see, we have an ova file.
Now open Virtualbox and click on File>Import Appliance as shown below.
A window like below will open.
Now browse to the location of the ova file we just downloaded as shown below and click on Next.
The system will present you a summary of settings used for thsi VM. If you want to make any changes, change and click on Import.
The importing process will start as shown below. It will take some time, but it will be worth the wait.
After import is completed, a new virtual machine is automatically created as shown below.
Power on the machine. As the virtual machine powers up, it will prompt for username and password. The default username is “root” and password is “toor”.
Given below is our Kali Linux rolling 2017.1 successfully installed in Virtualbox. No need of installing guest additions. If you face any problems during installation, please comment. I will be happy to help you.
One day, I was intently searching for a method to emulate a router or switch in Oracle VirtualBox After a long search, I didn’t find a method but I found another virtualizing software called GNS3. GNS3 is a network emulation software which can be really helpful to someone preparing for CCNA,CCNP,CCIE,JNCIA,JNCIS and JNCIE. It can emulate Cisco IOS’s, Junos routers and also complex networks functioning as close as possible to the real networks without needing the network hardware like routers and switches. The best part of it is that it is open source. However we will have to download Cisco IOS and Junos separately.
GNS3 is available for Windows,Linux and MacOS X. In this article, I am going to show you how to install GNS3 in Windows step by step.
Download the software suitable for your Windows from here. The all-in-one download is recommended.
Click on the executable file downloaded. The welcome message pops up.Click on “Next”.
Then the License Agreement is displayed.Click on “I Agree”.
Then you are asked to choose the start menu folder in which your program’s shortcuts will be stored. If you choose the default folder, click “Next”. You can also create a new folder if you want.
Then you can choose which components you want to install from the components shown. I suggest you to choose all the options. Click on “Next”.
Then you are asked to choose where you want to install your program. you can choose a different folder if you want but the default folder should be OK. Click on “Install”.
Then the WinPcap installation wizard starts. WinPcap is an opensource library for packet capture and network analysis for Win32 platforms. Click on “Next”.
Click on “Next”.
On the WinPcap License Agreement, click on “I Agree”.
On the review WinPcap installation options, Click on “Install”.
The installation starts.
After the installation is finished, Click on “Finish”.
Then the Wireshark installation wizard” opens (only if you selected the component for installation above). Wireshark is a network sniffer. Click on “Next”.
You are shown the License Agreement of Wireshark. Click on “I Agree”.
Then you are prompted to select the components of Wireshark you want to install. Choose all and Click on “Next”.
Then you are prompted to select which shortcuts you want to create. The choice is yours. Click on “Next”.
Then choose the directory in which you want to install Wireshark and click on “Next”.
Then Wireshark starts installing.
After the installation is completed, Click on “Next”.
Then Completion of Wireshark installation Wizard appears. You are prompted to choose if you want to run Wireshark. Don’t make any selection. Click on “Finish”.
Then the installation of GNS3 starts.
After the installation is completed, click on “Next”.
Completion of GNS3 wizard appears. Click on “Finish”.
Start GNS3. The following window appears when we start GNS3 for the first time. Click on 1(the space enclosed in a red box).
This is to check whether path to Dynamips and the path to its working directory are valid or not. Dynamips is the core program that allows IOS simulation.Click “OK”.
Let’s go to Step 2. Here we configure path to our IOS image directory.We have to store all our images in this directory.Make changes to the path if you want otherwise click on “OK”.
Step 3: In this step, we will add one or more uncompressed IOS images of a router or switch. As already said, IOS images should be downloaded separately due to license agreements.
Browse to the folder where your IOS image is.I am adding a CISCO c3700 router for example. Click on Save and your window should like this.
Click on “Close” and your GNS3 windows appears.
In the Node Types section, click on C700 (the type we just added) and drag it to the right to see if our router has been added or not. If it is like below, then your installation is success. Happy practising.
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