RoadTest Review a Raspberry Pi 3 Model B ! - Review

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RoadTest: RoadTest Review a Raspberry Pi 3 Model B !

Author: jkutzsch

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Evaluation Type: Independent Products

Did you receive all parts the manufacturer stated would be included in the package?: True

What other parts do you consider comparable to this product?: null

What were the biggest problems encountered?: Neither the built in wifi or Bluetooth will allow for fully functionality of Kali.

Detailed Review:


I have delayed writing this review because I have been hoping to find some workaround for the issue that the WiFi will not allow monitoring and that the Bluetooth is not supported with Kali at this time with the built in options.  I will continue to monitor and if something is found to allow for the full use of the wifi and Bluetooth I will update immediately.


I will also pursue picking up an external wifi and Bluetooth and test them with Kali.  I feel that the RPi 3 really has huge potential for a small form factor network security tool. Add in a portable battery pack and this still has great potential.  It just will not work straight out of the box with full Kali functionality without external networking.


Kali 2 does install quite simply by downloading the latest version from their download area.  Here is the latest version as of today.


To see all current ARM versions of Kali go here:


Some helpful information if you want to try Kali for yourself:


Recommended to have a 8 gb memory card, class 10 speed Highly recommended.

Download and validate the Kali Linux image from the above download.  << Provides specifics on validating.


Depending on your favorite Operating System there is a variety of ways/tools to take the image and write it over to your microsd card.


Once you have booted up, you can log in as root with a password of toor.  Needless to say, this is a good thing to change quickly.  Maybe something better like element14 would work!


Per the website:  IMPORTANT!  Please change your SSH host keys as soon as possible as all ARM images are pre-configured with the same keys.


This seems to be pretty good advice to me, so I have included the commands to do so.  Especially since most how to's I have found for Kali on Raspberry Pi do not include them.


rm /etc/ssh/ssh_host_*

dpkg-reconfigure openssh-server

service ssh restart


I don't want to spend too much time going over standard Linux commands, so the last item I will direct your attention to is the location of all of the Kali Metapackages!


With such goodies as kali-Linux-wireless : Wireless Tools in Kali and kali-Linux-forensic : Kali Linux Forensic Tools to name a couple, you can see that this is the fun part of Kali!


So to summarize, currently the RPi 3 does not meet the requirements of operating as a stand alone platform for Kali 2, but the RPi continues to be a good base to add adapters such as wifi and Bluetooth to.  The fact that the 3 is so much beefier will also be a great boon to those wanting to explore Kali 2 in a Raspberry format.


A huge thank you to Element 14 for giving me the opportunity to test this out and I look forward to continuing to see how the RPi 3 can be used!  I hope that the members of Element 14 will be intrigued enough to try this as another toolset in their digital chest of options.