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What is Default Kali Linux Username and Password?

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What is the Kali Linux username and password after installation? This is the question we received from our readers?

Note: Kali changed to a non-root user policy by default since the release of 2020.1.

This means:

  • During the installation of amd64 and i386 images, it will prompt you for a standard user account to be created.
  • Any default operating system credentials used during Live Boot, or pre-created VMware and ARM images will be:
    • User: kali
    • Password: kali
  • Vagrant image (based on their policy):
    • Username: vagrant
    • Password: vagrant

But for the old version of Kali Linux default user name is “root” and password is “toor”.

Default Tool Credentials

Some tools shipped with Kali, will use their own default hardcoded credentials (others will generate a new password the first time its used). The following tools have the default values:

  • BeEF-XSS
    • Username: beef
    • Password: beef
    • Configuration File: /etc/beef-xss/config.yaml
  • MySQL
    • User: root
    • Password: (blank)
    • Setup Program: mysql_secure_installation
  • OpenVAS
    • Username: admin
    • Password: <Generated during setup>
    • Setup Program: openvas-setup
  • Metasploit-Framework
    • Username: postgres
    • Password: postgres
    • Configuration File: /usr/share/metasploit-framework/config/database.yml

If you forgot the Kali Linux after setting up the root password. Don’t worry, it easy to reset the Kali Linux password. We have another article about resetting a forgotten root Kali Linux password. Here you can read the article. reset Kali Linux password.

Watch this video for resetting Kali Linux password.

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Sharing file between Kali Linux and Windows 10

To enable and configure file sharing between Kali Linux and Windows 10, just read the above article.

Another error mostly you see in Kali Linux is “Unable to Locate Package” update in Kali Linux. To Fix Unable to Locate Package Update in Kali Linux follow this post.

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