Instant Kali Linux
By Abhinav Singh
Publisher: Packt Publishing
Final Release Date: October 2013

In Detail

Kali Linux is currently the de-facto standard operating system of the security industry. It acts as a Swiss army knife and is a one-stop solution to most of the problems faced by security professionals. The availability of different open source and free tools under a single banner makes it easy and quick while dealing with security assessments.

Teaching you how to use various tools and techniques effectively using Kali while working on real time scenarios, this concise and practical guide wastes no time, moving straight in to the core topic sand covering various important security assessment tools bundled in Kali Linux.

Beginning with the journey through security assessments, from basic features such as information gathering to working on vulnerability assessment tools, web application pen-testing, cracking passwords, and more. The book also moves on to some advanced concepts such as exploitation frameworks and their architecture, forensic tools, and more. The book eloquently covers various levels of information security.


Get to grips with a new technology, understand what it is and what it can do for you, and then get to work with the most important features and tasks. A quick and handy guide for those who are willing to get straight into the business. This book will build a strong foundation for those who are willing to cover different security assessment areas by mastering various tools and techniques.

Who this book is for

If you are a beginners or an experienced security professional who is willing to dive deeper into the world of information security, then this book is perfect for you. The book is written is simple technical language which requires only a basic knowledge of security assessments and the Linux operating system.

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Not really worth it

By Jeffrey Ish

from Rome, NY



    • Not comprehensive enough
    • Too basic
    • Too many errors

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    Comments about oreilly Instant Kali Linux:

    I picked up the electronic version of Instant Kali Linux to read while on a business trip. I've dabbled with Kali and it predecessor (Back Track) over the years but was hoping for a deeper dive than my random plugging away.

    While this book does go a bit deeper than just finger punching through the menu, it is pretty much a simple quick reference/introduction to some of the tools that are included with every Kali Linux download and not much more than that.

    Overall, I have actually found more interesting and complete reading on Kali from various security blogs and websites.

    If you are a security professional or IT person with significant security experience, don't waste you money.

    For those who are BRAND new to the field, perhaps if it were on-sale... really cheap?


    Simple get started Doc - Disappointed

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    from BehindYou, Everywhere

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    • Better Online Docs
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      Comments about oreilly Instant Kali Linux:

      I use Kali a lot and was hoping to find a good work here that had pointers ranging from starters to tuners. I didn't. Basically a rehash of online "get started docs". In fact in some case less so than what is on line because some of it was dated. Was so hopeful that there was some good stuff here, but not so much!

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