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Thread: add additional apps to the standard kali-iso

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    add additional apps to the standard kali-iso

    Hi Forum,

    i would like to add some addtitional apps to the standard Kali-ISO. Even I did read the Debian Live Manual
    I am unsure, what would be the best approach..

    As I understand, Kali must be installed to a hd in order to be able to add additional apps/software?

    Is that the case?

    Thank's a lot for any help!


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    You can follow along with our guide here:

    You will want to alter 'config/package-lists/kali.list.chroot' with the packages you wish to install.

    Its highly recommend that you do it in a pre-existing Kali environment (This could be a virtual, HDD, USB etc)

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    when considering applications to include in future Kali ISOs, I would recommend adding Chaosreader. Since Kali has numerous packet sniffer software (Wireshark, Kismet, etc), Chaosreader is a logical companion application to reassemble the tcpdump files.

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    How can I exclude standard Kali packages from the ISO ?
    Can I include my own configuration files, such as ".zshrc" in the ISO to be automatically loaded upon start up ?

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    Thank you very much for the feedback! Ok, I mounted the Kali106.iso and there
    are the following folders/files with the string "Package"

    - /dists/kali/contrib/binary-i386/Packages
    - /dists/kali/contrib/binary-i386/Packages.gz
    - /dists/kali/main/binary-i386/Packages
    - /dists/kali/main/binary-i386/Packages.gz
    - /dists/kali/main/debian-installer/binary-i386/Pacakges
    - /dists/kali/main/debian-installer/binary-i386/Pacakges.gz
    - /dists/kali/non-free/binary-i386/Packages
    - /dists/kali/non-free/binary-i386/Packages.gz
    - /live/filesystem.packages
    - /live/filesystem.packages-remove

    How can it be determinded were to "add" the newly installed application?

    Thank's a lot for any help!


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    If you haven't seen it example situation:
    The bash script behind it:

    I know its not exactly what you asked for, however it should give you a basic idea (and its a good starting point!).
    This is a Kali-Linux support forum - not general IT/infosec help.

    Useful Commands: OS, Networking, Hardware, Wi-Fi
    Troubleshooting: Kali-Linux Installation, Repository, Wi-Fi Cards (Official Docs)
    Hardware: Recommended 802.11 Wireless Cards

    Documentation: (Offline PDF version)
    Bugs Reporting & Tool Requests:
    Kali Tool List, Versions & Man Pages:

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    Thank's a lot g0tmi1k for the feedback! Ok i try to be more precise:

    I did install additional applications to a Kali-installation from the Debian
    repository and from source (./configure, make, make install).

    Know i heard 2 things:

    That it's required to update the sources.list in order to be able to sucessfully update und
    upgrade such a system with apt-get.

    And that it depends highly on the "level/state" of the OS and the applications
    (experimental, unstable and stable)

    Can you please give me a help how to correctly update the sources.list?

    Your feedback is appeciated very much. Thank you!


    PS :
    The Debian Live Manual was not really helpful in this matter :-(

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