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How to Upgrade Kali Linux to Latest Version (1.1.*)

Hello there, in this post I am going to write the upgrade procedures for Kali Linux to the latest version as I did in my lab environment.

I would like to inform you that these steps may change according to your environment. In my case, I upgraded from 1.0.7 x64 version to 1.1.0 x64.

Let us start;

  • Backup the current apt source list file as follow.
    cp /etc/apt/sources.list /etc/apt/sources.list.backup
  • Open the current apt source list file with an editor (nano, pico, vi, vim etc.) (I use vim editor) as follow.
    vim /etc/apt/sources.list
  • Delete all lines in the source list, in other words, empty file content. Then add the following lines into the file (/etc/apt/sources.list) as shown.
    deb http://http.kali.org/kali kali main non-free contrib
    deb http://security.kali.org/kali-security kali/updates main contrib non-free
    
    deb-src http://http.kali.org/kali kali main non-free contrib
    deb-src http://security.kali.org/kali-security kali/updates main contrib non-free
    
    
  • kali-linux-sources-lst

    Edit and Save sources.lst File

  • Update the system and install kali-archive-keyring package by using apt-get or aptitude as follow.
    apt-get update && apt-get install kali-archive-keyring

    or

    aptitude update && aptitude install kali-archive-keyring
  • Upgrade the system by using apt-get or aptitude as follow. It will take some time to fully upgrade the system.
    apt-get dist-upgrade

    or

    aptitude full-upgrade
  • After fully upgraded has been done successfully, you can check the new Kali Linux version as follow.
    root@kali:~# lsb_release -a
    No LSB modules are available.
    Distributor ID:	Kali
    Description:	Kali GNU/Linux 1.1.0
    Release:	1.1.0
    Codename:	moto
    

    or

    root@kali:~# cat /etc/debian_version 
    Kali Linux 1.1.0
    

Finally, you are done.

Thanks for reading this post.

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Have a great day.

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