I use this version of Kali Linux :

Linux kali 5.7.0-kali1-amd64 #1 SMP Debian 5.7.6-1kali2 (2020-07-01) x86_64 GNU/Linux

I downloaded google chrome from chrome's website and installed it with this command:

dpkg -i google-chrome-stable_current_amd64.deb

When I launch google chrome by typing google-chrome in the terminal, that is what I get:

[1984:1984:0726/112742.739106:ERROR:zygote_host_impl_linux.cc(89)] Running as root without --no-sandbox is not supm/638180.

But when I launch it by typing google-chrome --no-sandbox it works correctly. Sometimes chrome notifies me that there is a lack of security because it works without sandbox.

What does that mean? And what should I do in order to run chrome without --no-sandbox?

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    You seem to be logged in as root (see error message). Running as root is contra indicated. You seem to be running kali, doing this an not knowing the first part of the comment is contra indicated. Kali is not a general purpose operating system. You will be better off using a different disto such as Debian, Ubuntu, mint, … Commented Jul 26, 2020 at 10:17
  • I logged as a normal user, but the same error appeared after running google-chrome command. Although kali is a general purpose operating system, but it can run specific application such as google chrome and virtual box.
    – X Y
    Commented Jul 26, 2020 at 11:57
  • Did you mean: "Kali is a special purpose operating system, but it can run other applications such a google chrome and virtual box."? The use of the disjunction in the original is a little odd. Commented Jul 26, 2020 at 16:36
  • @ctrl-alt-delor Yes that is what I meant
    – X Y
    Commented Jul 27, 2020 at 8:19
  • See "About Kali Linux" on What is Kali Linux, specifically "Kali Linux contains industry specific modifications as well as several hundred tools targeted towards various Information Security tasks, such as Penetration Testing, Security Research, Computer Forensics, Reverse Engineering, Vulnerability Management and Red Team Testing." If you have no idea what that means, or you aren't performing various Information Seccurity Tasks, you SHOULD NOT BE USING KALI as @ctrl-alt-delor is trying to tell you.
    – eyoung100
    Commented Mar 1 at 23:04

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You cannot run it without --no-sandbox flag? Add a user jake as an example, by adduser jake. It will then ask you some simple questions about the user and EVERYTHING SHOULD BE LOWERCASE

Then you need to install sudo in the root user using su - or sudo su - and nano. Then go to the /etc/sudoers file using nano /etc/sudoers and add this:

(user)  ALL=(ALL:ALL) ALL

And use the keybinds to send nano, save and exit. Then use su jake and install the GUI Graphical User Interface like GNOME, XFCE4 etc.

Then use the command to install chromium or firefox. But it needs to be EVERYTHING IN SUDO

Let's talk about the question:

What does that mean, and what should I do in order to run chrome without --no-sandbox?

You need to run a command with --no-sandbox flag IN IT. Chromium based apps also require you to have this flag in.

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