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Kali Linux

Kali | Kali Linux 2023.4

Linux/Unix, Other 2023.4 - 64-bit Amazon Machine Image (AMI)

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17 AWS reviews



  • January 30, 2024
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A number of previous ratings indicated that ssh login is a problem. Make sure you use the "kali" user for your ssh login.


I have had to uninstall and reinstall this 2 times now.

  • January 03, 2024
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Kali has given the most issues since I have used it. I tried to install this 2 times and both times it has been very slow on usage so I terminated the instance 2 times now and trying to install a third time.

    Martin K.

Unable to connect via SSH

  • December 17, 2023
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I am unable to connect to the image (Kali Linux 2023.4) via SSH (I tried several users like root, ec2-user and kali). Firewall inbound rules are enabled to all protocols and hosts and the .pem file permission is restricted to 0600. I nevertheless cannot log in to SSH, neither through openssh nor through the web administration in AWS. I tried logging in via IP and DNS, yet nothing helped, not even assigning an Elastic IP. I kept getting an error when connecting via SSH:
Permission denied (publickey)


Moving on from AWS Kali Linux...

  • December 10, 2023
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I have been using the Kali Linux AMI for my casual HTB/OSCP/other pentesting endeavors for the last 2 years. The ease of use has been (until now) extremely reliable.

Since upgrading my instance to 2023.4 though, I have experienced several catastrophic issues. My two year old instance after rebooting from the 2023.4 release would no longer pass the Instance Status Check and I was unable to connect to the Instance. I followed all AWS troubleshooting instructions for this topic, but none seemed to resolve the issue. I eventually cut my losses (losing two years of notes mind you) and terminated the instance and spun up a new one. I have now experienced the same Instance status check failure on two separate occasions and am now starting to doubt the reliability of this platform for what I use it with.

Yes - I already confirmed the security groups were configured correctly. This appears to be an issue since upgrading to 2023.4 Kali-rolling.


SSH problem

  • December 07, 2022
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Please check SSH port, because I cannot ssh to new version of kali. Even if i open port in Security Group, I cannot ssh

    Instance running but can't connect.

Can't connect to the instance

  • November 17, 2022
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I wasn't able to connect to Kali instance, either by SSH client or AWS console, altough I have followed the steps.


Best OS for pentesting

  • September 18, 2022
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Nice to see Kali Linux on AWS it helps me a lot for Pentesting. I can recommend everyone this AMI.


What's the catch?

  • August 31, 2022
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Free you say? 750 hours you say... I'm watching you...
There's only 730 hours in a month. Where's the missing 20 hours?

    Sec Dan

Broken Resolver?

  • August 17, 2022
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The last AMI release (PREEMPT_DYNAMIC Debian 5.18.5-1kali6 (2022-07-07) launches with broken DNS resolution.

fatal: unable to access 'https//******': Could no resolve host:

    Gr3y One

Great Portable Box

  • August 15, 2022
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Great OS and I love how mobile/portable it is. I can access from my host machine, VM, and iPad where ever I am. I love the tools it comes with, and how 'light weight' it is at its first occurrence. It's not hardened, however, it is easy to apply protective measures to ensure security. Again, LOVE this and will continue to use in my day-to-day testing.