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Today I downloaded the latest VMware image of Kali Linux (Kali Linux 64 bit VM). After that, I configured the hostname in /etc/hostname and adapted also the /etc/hosts to set permanently a hostname. Then, I executed the following commands:

apt-get upgrade && apt-get update
dpkg --add-architecture i386
apt-get update
apt-get install wine32
apt-get install clamav
apt-get install clamav-freshclam

and rebooted afterwards. Then, something strange happened. I was no longer able to login with the default credentials root and toor. Although, I did not get the error message Sorry, that didn't work. Please try again., I could not get past the login screen. However, I noticed that I am able to login when selecting GNOME on Wayland and also booting in recovery mode.

Kali Linux cannot login

Any idea what is causing this issue?

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So I take it GNOME worked prior to updating? If not then your setup may not support GNOME 3, like you said, you can use a different GUI like GNOME on Wayland or install a different one.

Otherwise, take a look at /var/log/Xorg.0.log, it will hopefully show any logged errors with GNOME. You can also look at /home/user/.xsession-errors. You can try to reinstall GNOME, hopefully that will fix any issues. First, create a copy of the virtual drive just incase this causes an issue, then run this:

apt-get purge gnome-session
apt-get autoremove 
apt-get autoclean
apt-get install gnome-session

Add the sudo to the commands above if you're not running as root, but it seems you are. Also you can skip the graphical login by pressing Control + Alt + F1 then logging in.

I don't think this would apply to a virtual machine, but incase someone else has an issue, take a look at this question.

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