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Cobalt Strike and Wayland Desktops

Wayland is a modern replacement for the X Windows System. Wayland has made great strides, as a project, and some desktop environments use it as their default window system. Don't let the adoption fool you though. Not all applications or application environments work 100% perfectly on Wayland. There are still bugs and issues to address.

There are bugs in Java (or Wayland) that may cause a graphical Java application to crash, during normal use, when run in a Wayland desktop. These bugs affect Cobalt Strike users. Strategic Cyber LLC does not support the use of Cobalt Strike on Wayland desktops.

Am I using Wayland?

Type echo $XDG_SESSION_TYPE to find out if you're on wayland or x11.

How to disable Wayland on Kali Linux

The latest version of Kali Linux 2017 Rolling uses a Wayland desktop by default. To change this back to X11:

  1. Open /etc/gdm3/daemon.conf with your favorite text editor
  2. Find the [daemon] section.
  3. Add WaylandEnable=false and reboot your system.