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0005905Kali Linux[All Projects] Kali Package Bugpublic2019-12-18 22:51
ReporterMartinVed Assigned To 
PrioritynormalSeveritycrashReproducibilityunable to reproduce
Status newResolutionopen 
Product Version2019.4 
Target VersionFixed in Version 
Summary0005905: Kali USB Boot from Mac Os Catalina Startup Disk Manager
DescriptionTerminal command `dd if=kali-linux-2017.1-amd64.iso of=/dev/sdb` not functioning - could be my error so I downloaded the gnome-disk-utility to create the USB drive directly in Virtual Box.

I was able then able to reboot in Live Mode using Virtual Box but not from Mac OS Catalina 15.1 Disk Manager.

When restarting MAC and pressing OPTION to select the USB drive, it runs, but eventually the kernel goes into "panic mode", it stops, and gives a message the the kernel is corrupted.

I bought the Mac Linux USB Loader, and the exact same problem happens when booting directly for Mac Os Catalina Disk Manager on start up.

Steps To ReproduceI followed all the instructions and indications entirely from Chapter 2 in the Kali Revealed Book, using the exercise answers to corroborate all my work.

All work, including keys verified, done directly in Kali Linux 2019.4 (with all up to date updates) running in Oracle's Virtualbox.

That's all that I can reproduce for you since in start up mode, no other option is available (other than filming with my phone, but the text since while boot up is running is extremely small).
Additional InformationI am using a:

MacBook Air (Retina, 13-inch, 2018) , with T2 security chip.
MacOs Catalina 10.15.1
Memory: 8 GB 2133 MHz LPDDR3
Processor: 1.6 GHz Dual-Core Intel Core i5
Graphics: Intel UHD Graphics 617 1536 MB



2019-12-11 22:19

developer   ~0011648

Are you trying to boot Kali on your MacBook, or are you trying to create a bootable USB drive of Kali using your Mac?


2019-12-11 22:27

reporter   ~0011649

I am trying to boot Kali on my Mac. I have successfully created a USB drive which I have used to successfully boot Kali in Live Mode within VBox.


2019-12-12 00:30

developer   ~0011651

Unfortunately Linux on Macs is all over the place due to the kernel versions. You can try to do the following: however I am unsure if it will work as Kali is based off of Debian testing which has kernel version 5.3 and according to this we may not even see support for the storage in the 5.4 kernel.

If you make any progress on getting it to work, feel free to update the ticket as it could make a good reference for others.


2019-12-18 22:51

reporter   ~0011714

You can just use usb-c -- sata or thunderbolt3 -- nmve external disk (without access to internal nvme disk as of now). I usually use it, or windows 10))

Issue History

Date Modified Username Field Change
2019-12-11 11:27 MartinVed New Issue
2019-12-11 22:19 Gamb1t Note Added: 0011648
2019-12-11 22:27 MartinVed Note Added: 0011649
2019-12-12 00:30 Gamb1t Note Added: 0011651
2019-12-18 22:51 Balling Note Added: 0011714