Installing Guest Additions in VirtualBox for Kali Linux Rolling


I just set up yet another VM with Kali (because I broke mine, which is typical, I do this several times a year and never take snapshots, I like to install fresh, saving tools/scripts in a shared directory) and had the “copy-paste” between Host and Guest with Bi-Directional sharing enabled problem (this means despite being told to copy and paste between the two, it wasn’t) so I thought I’d share my notes on how I’ve gotten it to work in the past.

I first do this



If after this it doesn’t work, go to the Devices menu of your Virtualbox program window.

Click “Insert Guest Additions CD image”
It creates a VboxAdditions_(versionofOracleboxyouarerunning)_somenumber CD image file on the desktop of your Kali linux VM.

Double click this and a window will appear
Right click and copy the file and paste it to your Desktop
Close out of the window
Open Terminal



And you should now have a full screen (if that was your problem) and/or copy-paste between host and guest should now be restored.

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  1. Lol, I’ve been doing the same start from scratch thing for weeks with my server while attempting to add snort 3 alpha 4 with inline IDS/IPS active. The afpacket daq wouldn’t work for the purpose, in fact at least a week of my issues was from the various attempts to make it work. I finally started doing snapshots, but holy damn did your “breaking” line hit home hah. Finally got it all functional via netfilter-queue mere minutes ago. Next project I’m working on is a vagrant macOS build so my apple goodies can actually speak with my Linux computer. My Kali install I did with full disk encryption in a way as to allow hibernation to prevent physical access and a ducky, teensy or other script that can run and hack despite a locked computer. Frankly, I’m digging Linux over the other Opperating systems I’ve played with. This pirate surfs the net with kali-Linux-all and it’s armada at all times. ❤️💕 The shit out of my Kali.

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