Chrome on Kali for root24 Jul 2016 in Computers
For many of the tools on Kali Linux, it’s easiest to run them as root, so the defacto standard has more or less become to run as root when using Kali. Google Chrome, on the other hand, would not like to be run as root (because it makes sandboxing harder when your user is all-powerful) so there have been a number of tricks to get it to run. I’m going to describe my preferred setup here. (Mostly as documentation for myself.)
Download and Install the Chrome .deb file.
I prefer the Google Chrome Beta build, but stable will work just fine too. Download the .deb file and install it:
dpkg -i google-chrome*.deb
If it’s a fresh Kali install, you’ll be missing
libappindicator, but you can
fix that via:
apt-get install -f
Getting a User to Run Chrome
We’ll create a dedicated user to run Chrome, this provides some user isolation and prevents Chrome from complaining.
useradd -m chrome
Setting up su
Now we’ll setup
su to handle the passing of X credentials between the users.
pam_xauth to forward it, and configure root to pass credentials to
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sed -i 's/@include common-session/session optional pam_xauth.so\n\0' \ /etc/pam.d/su mkdir -p /root/.xauth echo chrome > /root/.xauth/export
Setting up the Chrome Desktop Icon
All that’s left now is to change the Application Menu entry (aka .desktop) to use the following as the command:
su -l -c "/usr/bin/google-chrome-beta" chrome