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Enable SSH on Kali Linux

Enable SSH on Kali Linux

After installing Kali Linux, by default, there is no direct way to connect to it remotely. To enable remote access, you can follow these steps to set up SSH:

1. Install the SSH Server (if not already installed):

Ensure that the OpenSSH server is installed on your Kali Linux system. You can install it using the following command:

sudo apt update
sudo apt install openssh-server

2. Start the SSH service:

After the installation is complete, start the SSH service using the following command:

sudo service ssh start
sudo systemctl start ssh (for newer versions)

3. Enable SSH service to start on boot (important):

If you want the SSH service to start automatically every time your system boots, you can enable it with the following command:

sudo service ssh enable
sudo systemctl enable ssh (for newer versions)

4. Check the status of the SSH service:

You can verify that the SSH service is running by using the following command:

sudo service ssh status
sudo systemctl status ssh (for newer versions)

5. Configure SSH settings (optional):

You can modify the SSH server configuration by editing the /etc/ssh/sshd_config file. Common settings to configure include changing the default port, allowing or denying specific users, or enabling public key authentication.

In many secure configurations, it’s recommended not to allow direct root login via SSH for security reasons. However, if you have a specific use case and understand the risks, you can modify the SSH daemon configuration.

Here is an example of how you might modify the SSH daemon configuration file to allow root login:

echo "PermitRootLogin yes" | sudo tee -a /etc/ssh/sshd_config
sudo service ssh restart
sudo systemctl restart ssh (for newer versions)

Now, your Kali Linux system should have SSH enabled and running. You can connect to it using an SSH client from another machine using the Kali Linux IP address or hostname.


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