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1.5.2. Network Services Disabled by Default‌

In contrast to Debian, Kali Linux disables any installed service that would listen on a public net- work interface by default, such as HTTP and SSH.

The rationale behind this decision is to minimize exposure during a penetration test when it is detrimental to announce your presence and risk detection because of unexpected network inter- actions.

You can still manually enable any services of your choosing by running systemctl enable service. We will get back to this in chapter 5, “Configuring Kali Linux” [page 104] later in this book.

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