Install NVIDIA Drivers on Kali

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This document explains how to make use of NVIDIA video hardware and install the drivers on a Kali Linux system. The first step is to fully update your Kali Linux system and make sure you have the kernel headers installed.


apt-get update
apt-get dist-upgrade
apt-get install -y linux-headers-$(uname -r)
apt-get install nvidia-kernel-dkms

The next step is to disable the nouveau driver. Nouveau is a open source NVIDIA driver project, however it lacks the 3D graphics acceleration needed to run Cuda pentest tools.

sed 's/quiet/quiet nouveau.modeset=0/g' -i /etc/default/grub

Once the system boots back up, you may see a NVIDIA splash screen, which will indicate that the drivers installed correctly, however, this is not always the case. In order to check if the drivers are working properly, execute the following command.

root@kali:~# glxinfo | grep -i "direct rendering"
direct rendering: Yes

Although utilizing the Cuda tools included in Kali is beyond the scope of this article, checking to make sure that they are working properly is always a good idea. The following command uses Oclhashcat-plus with some of the example files included in the package.

cd /usr/share/oclhashcat-plus/
./cudaHashcat-plus.bin -t 32 -a 7 example0.hash ?a?a?a?a example.dict
cudaHashcat-plus v0.14 by atom starting...

Hashes: 6494 total, 1 unique salts, 6494 unique digests
Bitmaps: 16 bits, 65536 entries, 0x0000ffff mask, 262144 bytes
Workload: 256 loops, 80 accel
Watchdog: Temperature abort trigger set to 90c
Watchdog: Temperature retain trigger set to 80c
Device #1: GeForce G210M, 511MB, 1468Mhz, 2MCU
Device #2: GeForce 9400M G, 253MB, 1100Mhz, 2MCU
Device #1: Kernel ./kernels/4318/m0000_a1.sm_12.64.ptx
Device #2: Kernel ./kernels/4318/m0000_a1.sm_11.64.ptx

Generated dictionary stats for example.dict: 1210228 bytes, 129988 words, 129988 keyspace


As you can see in the output above, the cards are recognized and the passwords are being recovered successfully.