I have updated to the latest Kali Linux 2019.1 Release but my kernel is still stuck on 4.18.0-kali3-amd64

grep VERSION /etc/os-release

How do I update to the 4.19.0-kali1-amd64 boot image?


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To upgrade and pull in new kernel versions, you need to use either

apt upgrade


apt-get upgrade --with-new-pkgs

If you use apt-get upgrade, it won’t install new kernel versions, only kernel upgrades (with the exact same package name).

apt-get upgrade holds back a kernel update. What are the official instructions for applying updates on Debian 9? goes into more detail.

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    Not a Kali expert, but don't you mean dist-upgrade ?
    – Fabby
    Mar 1, 2019 at 23:04

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