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The Best 20 Hacking and Penetration Tools for Kali Linux

Hacking and Penetration Tools for Kali Linux
Written by Martins D. Okoi

It is surprising how many people are interested in learning how to hack. Could it be because they usually have a Hollywood-based impression in their minds?

Anyway, thanks to the open-source community we can list out a number of hacking tools to suit every one of your needs. Just remember to keep it ethical!

1. Aircrack-ng

Aircrack-ng is one of the best wireless password hack tools for WEP/WAP/WPA2 cracking utilized worldwide!

It works by taking packets of the network, analyses it via passwords recovered. It also possesses a console interface. In addition to this, Aircrack-ng also makes use of standard FMS (Fluhrer, Mantin, and Shamir) attack along with a few optimizations such as the KoreK attacks and PTW attack to quicken the attack which is faster than the WEP.

If you find Aircrack-ng hard to use, simply check for tutorials available online.

Aircrack-ng Wifi Network Security

Aircrack-ng Wifi Network Security

2. THC Hydra

THC Hydra uses brute force attack to crack virtually any remote authentication service. It supports rapid dictionary attacks for 50+ protocols including ftp, https, telnet, etc.

You can use it to crack into web scanners, wireless networks, packet crafters, gmail, etc.

Hydra - Login Cracker

Hydra – Login Cracker

3. John the Ripper

John the Ripper is another popular cracking tool used in the penetration testing (and hacking) community. It was initially developed for Unix systems but has grown to be available on over 10 OS distros.

It features a customizable cracker, automatic password hash detection, brute force attack, and dictionary attack (among other cracking modes).

John The Ripper Password Cracker

John The Ripper Password Cracker

4. Metasploit Framework

Metasploit Framework is an open source framework with which security experts and teams verify vulnerabilities as well as run security assessments in order to better security awareness.

It features a plethora of tools with which you can create security environments for vulnerability testing and it works as a penetration testing system.

Metasploit Framework Penetration Testing Tool

Metasploit Framework Penetration Testing Tool

5. Netcat

Netcat, usually abbreviated to nc, is a network utility with which you can use TCP/IP protocols to read and write data across network connections.

You can use it to create any kind of connection as well as to explore and debug networks using tunneling mode, port-scanning, etc.

Netcat Network Analysis Tool

Netcat Network Analysis Tool

6. Nmap (“Network Mapper”)

Network Mapper is a free and open-source utility tool used by system administrators to discover networks and audit their security.

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It is swift in operation, well documented, features a GUI, supports data transfer, network inventory, etc.

Nmap Network Discovery and Security Auditing Tool

Nmap Network Discovery and Security Auditing Tool

7. Nessus

Nessus is a remote scanning tool that you can use to check computers for security vulnerabilities. It does not actively block any vulnerabilities that your computers have but it will be able to sniff them out by quickly running 1200+ vulnerability checks and throwing alerts when any security patches need to be made.

Nessus Vulnerability Scanner

Nessus Vulnerability Scanner

8. WireShark

WireShark is an open-source packet analyzer that you can use free of charge. With it you can see the activities on a network from a microscopic level coupled with pcap file access, customizable reports, advanced triggers, alerts, etc.

It is reportedly the world’s most widely-used network protocol analyzer for Linux.

Wireshark Network Analyzer

Wireshark Network Analyzer

9. Snort

Snort is a free and open-source NIDS with which you can detect security vulnerabilities in your computer.

With it you can run traffic analysis, content searching/matching, packet logging on IP networks, and detect a variety of network attacks, among other features, all in real-time.

Snort Network Intrusion Prevention Tool

Snort Network Intrusion Prevention Tool

10. Kismet Wireless

Kismet Wireless is a intrusion detection system, network detector, and password sniffer. It works predominantly with Wi-Fi (IEEE 802.11) networks and can have its functionality extended using plugins.

Kismet Wireless Network Detector

Kismet Wireless Network Detector

11. Nikto

Nikto2 is a free and open-source web scanner for performing quick comprehensive tests against items on the web. It does this by looking out for over 6500 potentially dangerous files, outdated program versions, vulnerable server configurations, and server-specif problems.

Nikto Web Server Scanner

Nikto Web Server Scanner

12. Yersinia

Yersinia, named after the yersinia bacteria, is a network utility too designed to exploit vulnerable network protocols by pretending to be a secure network system analyzing and testing framework.

It features attacks for IEEE 802.1Q, Hot Standby Router Protocol (HSRP), Cisco Discovery Protocol (CDP), etc.

Yersinia Network Analyzing Tool

Yersinia Network Analyzing Tool

13. Burp Suite Scanner

Burp Suite Scanner is a professional integrated GUI platform for testing the security vulnerabilities of web applications.

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It bundles all of its testing and penetration tools into a Community (free) edition, and professional ($349 /user /year) edition.

Burp Security Vulnerability Scanner

Burp Security Vulnerability Scanner

14. Hashcat

Hashcat is known in the security experts’ community among the world’s fastest and most advanced password cracker and recovery utility tool. It is open-source and features an in-kernel rule engine, 200+ Hash-types, a built-in benchmarking system, etc.

Hashcat Password Recovery Tool

Hashcat Password Recovery Tool

15. Maltego

Maltego is propriety software but is widely used for open-source forensics and intelligence. It is a GUI link analysis utility tool that provides real-time data mining along with illustrated information sets using node-based graphs and multiple order connections.

Maltego Intelligence and Forensics Tool

Maltego Intelligence and Forensics Tool

16. BeEF (The Browser Exploitation Framework)

BeEF, as the name implies, is a penetration tool that focuses on browser vulnerabilities. With it you can asses the security strength of a target environment using client-side attack vectors.

BeEF Browser Exploitation Framework

BeEF Browser Exploitation Framework

17. Fern Wifi Cracker

Fern Wifi Cracker is a Python-based GUI wireless security tool for auditing network vulnerabilities. With it, you can crack and recover WEP/WPA/WPS keys as well as several network-based attacks on Ethernet-based networks.

Fern Wifi Cracker

Fern Wifi Cracker

18. GNU MAC Changer

GNU MAC Changer is a network utility that facilitates an easier and quicker manipulation of network interfaces’ MAC addresses.

Gnu Mac Changer

Gnu Mac Changer

19. Wifite2

Wifite2 is a free and open-source Python-based wireless network auditing utility tool designed to work perfectly with pen-testing distros. It is a complete rewrite of Wifite and thus, features an improved performance.

It does a good job at decloaking and cracking hidden access points, cracking weak WEP passwords using a list of cracking techniques, etc.

Wifite Wireless Network Auditing Tool

Wifite Wireless Network Auditing Tool

20 .Pixiewps

Pixiewps is a C-based brute-force offline utility tool for exploiting software implementations with little to no entropy. It was developed by Dominique Bongard in 2004 to use the “pixie-dust attack” with the intention to educate students.

Depending on the strength of the passwords you’re trying to crack, Pixiewps can get the job done in a mater of seconds or minutes.

PixieWPS Brute Force Offline Tool

PixieWPS Brute Force Offline Tool

Well, ladies and gentlemen, we’ve come to the end of our long list of Penetration testing and Hacking tools for Kali Linux.

All the listed apps are modern and are still being used today. If we missed any titles don’t hesitate to let us know in the comments section below.

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Martins D. Okoi

Martins Divine Okoi is a graduate of Computer Science with a passion for Linux and the Open Source community. He works as a Graphic Designer, Web Developer, and programmer.