One of Windows 10’s (specifically the Anniversary Update) most interesting novelties was the Windows Subsystem for Linux, a virtualization tool that uses Hyper-V to let us run Linux on Windows 10 without needing tools like VMware or VirtualBox. Although Ubuntu was the first distro seen on Windows Subsystem for Linux, we currently have a lot of alternatives to choose from like the Kali Linux security-focused distro, for example.
Kali Linux is a distro that is known for having a lot of built-in tools and packages related to security, so users can run all kinds of tests and security audits to make sure that any PC or network is really secure.
Although the media is claiming that Kali Linux is coming to Microsoft Store today in order to run that distro thanks to Windows 10’ WSL, the truth is that it has been available on the store since February 23, 2018, like we told you. Any user can download this version through the Store and get their PC ready to run it with a couple of clicks in order to use all the tools that Kali has to offer directly on Windows 10.
However, users that have already tested Kali on Windows 10 have encountered a problem. Windows Defender flags the distro as a threat, preventing them from using it properly.
Windows Defender flags Kali’s packages and tools as threats
Any user can download and run Kali Linux through Microsoft Store seamlessly, as the distro does not have any built-in tool. We have to install the apps from the repository once we have the Kali Linux image running on WSL.
However, just like Bleeping Computer states, when we try to install Kali’s tools, Windows Defender detects a series of dangerous exploits and hacktools, blocking and erasing them, which makes using Kali on Windows 10 virtually impossible right now.
The truth is that Microsoft will find it hard to solve this problem because whitelisting these threats on the antivirus would put users in danger. The solution for those users wanting to use Kali on Windows 10 is either to create a rule so the WSL’s folder is not analyzed or to deactivate Windows Defender when we use Kali.
Although it may be annoying, we also need to see the bright side: Windows Defender really works and is capable of protecting us from threats that may put us at risk.