Your Journey Starts Here | Kali Linux 2018.1


“Whether you’re new to the fight, or a seasoned pro, don’t stop training…”

You’ve likely heard about the first, official Kali Linux book: Kali Linux Revealed, Mastering The Penetration Testing Distribution available from OffSec Press. Don’t worry, this isn’t a sales pitch. We’ve made the book available for free in both online HTML and PDF versions because we love you. But wait, there’s more. We’ve also made chapter exercises available online at (after free registration) so you can test your knowledge and get some hands-on experience as you work through the book. We’ve also created our first Kali Linux certification, the Kali Linux Certified Professional (KLCP), so you can take your training to the next level. This is where some folks get either overwhelmed or confused, so let’s talk about what all this is, exactly.

Kali Linux Revealed – What’s That:

First, let’s talk about Kali Linux Revealed. Whether you buy the (fairly-priced) physical book from retailers like Amazon, download the free PDF, or follow along with the online version of the book, you’re getting exactly the same content. There is no difference. So why are we selling a book and giving it away? The fact is, we’re not trying to make a business by selling books. We wrote the book to provide an official manual for Kali Linux, to provide a body of knowledge for the KLCP, and to improve the knowledge base of the Kali community.

The follow-on exercises at help solidify your knowledge and give you practical hands-on experience. All of this will help prepare you for the ultimate test: the KLCP.


So what is the KLCP, exactly? Once you’ve studied (and not simply read or skimmed) the book and worked through the exercises, you’re probably ready for the KLCP. Consisting of a 90-minute, 80-question multiple choice exam (proctored by Pearson Vue), the KLCP is the foundational Kali Linux certification.

What’s Inside:

All of this is centered around the content in the Kali Linux Revealed print, online, and PDF books, so let’s dive into what’s covered.

It’s been mentioned that we’ve provided a resource that’s too basic for some and too advanced for others. That’s fair because we provide a somewhat gentle introduction for new users, thoroughly cover all Kali Linux features, and then delve into some fairly advanced topics as well. So, yes, it’s a fairly broad range.

To start things off, we discuss the basics of Kali Linux in the first few chapters. In the first chapter, we share the history of Kali Linux, explain the relationship with Debian, talk about Kali features, policies and use cases, and discuss what Kali is best used for. We follow this up in chapter two with details on how to download and verify Kali Linux, how to create a bootable Kali USB, and how to set up a virtual machine. In chapter three, we discuss Linux fundamentals, talk about terminology and basic commands, and touch on system logging and troubleshooting.

This is the turning point of the table of contents, where beginners are starting to get pumped and advanced users have dismissed this as “useless beginner stuff”. While many are quite happy bouncing around and using the book as a reference, if you’re a serious student or a professional seeking to better your skills or nail your KLCP, you should not simply dismiss or skip any of the chapters. There really is a lot of good material for users at every level and anything in the book is fair game for the KLCP.

Continue The Journey:

Continuing with our journey, we step into chapter four where we cover installation requirements, show you how to install Kali as a standard install, ARM install, unattended install and as a fully encrypted installation with LVM and LUKS.

If you’ve never strayed from the standard installation path, you’re missing out on the power of unattended installation and the ultimate security of encryption with LUKS “nuke”. You’ll get hands-on at with a fully encrypted install, an unattended install and a standard as well as a fully customized ARM install on a Raspberry Pi. The final exercise in this chapter has you not only building a “Kali Pi” but mounting and chrooting the file system to make post-installation changes. This gives you extreme flexibility, takes you off the path of a standard burned-image installation and is especially eye-opening for new users.

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