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Kali Linux (Retired Image)

Kali Linux | 1.0.6*

Linux/Unix, Other 1.0.6 - 64-bit Amazon Machine Image (AMI)

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Handy and quick, but requires memory swapping enabled to run Metasploit

  • September 24, 2015
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Ideal for easy payload delivery. Ran into the same memory issue on the free tier regarding Metapsploit as others, but the memory swap fix by user anthony nena worked for me (reposting here):

To enable memory swapping:

sudo /bin/dd if=/dev/zero of=/var/swap.1 bs=1M count=1024
sudo /sbin/mkswap /var/swap.1
sudo /sbin/swapon /var/swap.1

Add the following line to /etc/fstab
/var/swap.1 swap swap defaults 0 0

Reboot! Enjoy


Please create HVM image for use with Amazon's newer instance types, e.g. t2

  • February 19, 2015
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My inital testing of this was good, but I would like to use this image on Amazon's t2 instance types and can not do so easily. They require HVM instead of PV.

    Michael Clayberg

Kali on AWS

  • January 29, 2014
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It is incredibly easy to install the Kali AMI on EC2. 5 stars for this.

The release, however, comes without documentation and thus you won't know this is only the Kali OS (based on Debian). You will need to install all the tools usually found in a Kali distro. Also the Kali OS and tools prefer to run as user 'root' and AWS prefers one engage with the instance as a lower-level user. This presents use challenges. These wrinkles caused me to drop a star, but only one as the challenges can be largely overcome.

If you want more info, I wrote a blog post based on my experience building out this instance:

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