Kali’s Relationship With Debian

Debian and Kali

Kali Linux 1.0 is a Debian derivative based on Debian Wheezy. Thus most of the Kali packages are imported unmodified from the Debian repositories. In some cases, newer packages got imported from Unstable or Experimental, either because it improved the user experience or because it was required to fix some bugs.

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Kali Linux Trademark Policy

Kali Linux and Offensive Security want to promote the widespread recognition of our trademarks among the Internet community however, we also need to ensure our trademarks solely identify our company and our products.

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Kali Linux Root User Policy

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Most distributions encourage their users to use normal user privileges while running the operating system. This is sound security advice, as this behaviour provides an extra layer of security between the user and OS. This is especially true for multiple user systems, where user privilege separation is required.

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Penetration Testing Tools Policy

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Keeping an updated, useful penetration testing tool repository is a challenging job. The Kali Development team uses the following guidelines to determine whether a specific tool should be included in our Distribution.

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Kali Network Service Policies

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Kali Linux deals with network services differently than most other distributions. Most importantly, Kali does not enable any externally-listening services by default with the goal of minimizing detection when on a penetration test.

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