NetHunter has been actively developed for over a year now, and has undergone nothing short of a complete transformation since its last release. We’ve taken our time with v3.0, and the results are a complete overhaul of the NetHunter Android application, with a more polished interface and a fully functioning feature set.
Through the amazing NetHunter community work led by binkybear, fattire, and jmingov, we can now proudly look at NetHunter and confidently consider it to be a stable, commercial grade mobile penetration testing platform. And so, we are really excited with todays release of NetHunter 3.0 – let the games begin!
What’s New in Kali NetHunter 3.0
NetHunter Android Application Rewrite
The NetHunter Android application has been totally redone and has become much more “application centric”. Many new features and attacks have been added, not to mention a whole bunch of community-driven bug fixes. The NetHunter application has finally reached maturity and is now a really viable tool that helps manage complex attacks. In addition, the application now allows you to manage your Kali chroot independently, including rebuilding and deleting the chroot as needed. You can also choose to install individual metapackages in your chroot, although the default selected kali-nethunter metapackage should include all the bare necessities.
Android Lollipop and Marshmallow Support
Yes, you heard right. NetHunter now supports Marshmallow (Android AOSP 6.x) on applicable devices – although we’re not necessarily fans of the “latest is best” philosophy. Our favourite device continues to be the OnePlus One phone due to the combined benefits of size, CPU/RAM resources, as well as Y-Cable charging support.
New Build Scripts, Easier Integration for New Devices
Our rewrite also included the code that generates the images, completely porting it to Python and optimizing the build time significantly. The build process can now build small NetHunter images (~70MB) that do not include a built-in Kali chroot – allowing you do download a chroot later via the Android application.
We’ve also made it much easier to build ports for new devices that NetHunter can run on and we’ve already seen a couple of interesting PRs regarding Galaxy device support…
Fabulous NetHunter Documentation
We might be somewhat biased regarding our documentation, and perhaps it’s not “fabulous” but just “good”… but still, it’s definitely much better than it was before and can be found in the form of the NetHunter Github Wiki. We’ve included topics such as downloading, building and installing NetHunter, as well as a quick overview of each of the NetHunter Attacks and Features.
NetHunter Linux Root Toolkit Installer
We’ve got a new official NetHunter installer that runs natively on Linux or OSX. The installer is made from a set of Bash scripts which you can use to unlock, flash to stock and install the NetHunter image to supported OnePlus One or Nexus devices. Please welcome the NetHunter LRT, created by jmingov.
Download NetHunter 3.0
To get the NetHunter Zip of Joy (as opposed to the Kali ISO of Doom), head over to the Offensive Security NetHunter download page, and download the image for your device. Note that some Nexus images have both Lollipop and Marshmallow flavours. Once you have it downloaded, head on over to the NetHunter Wiki for installation instructions.
OSCP? Try Harder and Win a NetHunter Device
A couple of days ago we released a blog post about “What it means to be an OSCP” in our eyes. If you’re an OSCP and would like a chance to Win an Awesome OnePlus One NetHunter device, go ahead and read our previous blog post!
NetHunter 3.0 Image Gallery
No self-respecting release could possibly be considered complete without some screenshots…so here they are, enjoy!