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I downloaded "Kali 2018.3" from kali.org, and booted my thumbdrive from it. As of time of writing, this is the latest version I see on the official site.

However, when I run "uname -r" I see "4.17.0-kali1-amd64" This seems to me they don't match.

When I look for mac drivers, they are all for version 4.18 (but I thought I had the latest). What am I missing?

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    From this page it seems that the correct command is # grep VERSION /etc/os-release. If not, you could upgrade apt update && apt -y full-upgrade. However, and before any of that, did you check the sha256sum of the iso? For security, you must. – Isaac Oct 20 '18 at 2:30
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The Linux kernel is just one piece of software that makes up Kali Linux. The version of Kali as a whole is 2018.3, and the version of the kernel is 4.17.0-kali1-amd64. There's no conflict or mismatch.

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