How To Install dnstwist on Kali Linux

In this tutorial we learn how to install dnstwist on Kali Linux. dnstwist is Domain name permutation engine

Introduction

In this tutorial we learn how to install dnstwist on Kali Linux.

What is dnstwist

dnstwist generates a list of similarly looking domain names for a given domain name and performs DNS queries for them (A, AAAA, NS and MX). For MX records it checks whether there is an active mail server which could be used to intercept misdirected emails. Additionally it estimates webpage similarity based on fuzzy hashes. This functionality might be helpful in detecting typosquatters, phishing attacks, fraud and corporate espionage.

There are three ways to install dnstwist on Kali Linux . We can use apt-get, apt and aptitude. In the following sections we will describe each method. You can choose one of them.

Install dnstwist Using apt-get

Update apt database with apt-get using the following command.

sudo apt-get update

After updating apt database, We can install dnstwist using apt-get by running the following command:

sudo apt-get -y install dnstwist

Install dnstwist Using apt

Update apt database with apt using the following command.

sudo apt update

After updating apt database, We can install dnstwist using apt by running the following command:

sudo apt -y install dnstwist

Install dnstwist Using aptitude

If you want to follow this method, you might need to install aptitude first since aptitude is usually not installed by default on Kali Linux. Update apt database with aptitude using the following command.

sudo aptitude update

After updating apt database, We can install dnstwist using aptitude by running the following command:

sudo aptitude -y install dnstwist

How To Uninstall dnstwist on Kali Linux

To uninstall only the dnstwist package we can use the following command:

sudo apt-get remove dnstwist

Uninstall dnstwist And Its Dependencies

To uninstall dnstwist and its dependencies that are no longer needed by Kali Linux, we can use the command below:

sudo apt-get -y autoremove dnstwist

Remove dnstwist Configurations and Data

To remove dnstwist configuration and data from Kali Linux we can use the following command:

sudo apt-get -y purge dnstwist

Remove dnstwist configuration, data, and all of its dependencies

We can use the following command to remove dnstwist configurations, data and all of its dependencies, we can use the following command:

sudo apt-get -y autoremove --purge dnstwist

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Summary

In this tutorial we learn how to install dnstwist using different package management tools like apt, apt-get and aptitude.