Tag: wsl

WSL2 does not appear to be shipped with Windows 10 1903

by on May.21, 2019, under Posts, Videos

Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) is a great way to run a Linux environment within Windows 10 locally without having to rely on cygwin or using virtual machines.

It is not without its limitations. For instance, raw sockets are not supported so that means if you want to really utilize tools like nmap, you won’t be able to do so. However, from what I’m gathering, it sounds like WSL2 will support raw sockets.

As of today, I’ve updated my home lab Windows 10 systems to the newest non-insider build (Version 1903 (OS Build 18362.116)) and it was my hope that WSL2 would be included. Unfortunately, this is not the case. The wsl.exe command does not have a –set-version parameter yet and a newly installed debian on the my test system with nmap still produces raw socket related errors.

I have high hopes for what will become of WSL. For more information, take a look at this video:

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Kali Linux for WSL now available on Windows Store

by on Mar.06, 2018, under Posts

This is pretty neat:

https://tech.slashdot.org/story/18/03/06/1334255/kali-linux-for-wsl-now-available-in-the-windows-store

However, I have a couple concerns. First, how useful will it be? Currently on a Windows 10 system, I have WSL setup and nmap is essentially useless:

tester@Win10virtual:~$ sudo nmap -sP -n -T4 192.168.1.254

Starting Nmap 7.01 ( https://nmap.org ) at 2018-03-06 14:10 STD
dnet: Failed to open device eth0
QUITTING!

There is discussion about this issue here:

https://github.com/Microsoft/WSL/issues/1349

There is discussion of other network tools having socket related issues.

Second, how will AV handle tools like metasploit, powersploit, social engineering toolkit and the like that may set off AV engines?

I honestly think WSL is awesome but at this point I would recommend running whatever Linux distro of your desire on VirtualBox or the like.

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