Custom EfikaMX Image

The following document describes our own method of creating a custom Kali Linux EfikaMX ARM image and is targeted at developers. If you would like to install a pre-made Kali image, check out our Install Kali on an EfikaMX article.

You’ll need to have root privileges to do this procedure, or the ability to escalate your privileges with the command β€œsudo su”.

01. Create a Kali rootfs

Build a Kali rootfs as described in our Kali documentation, using an armhf architecture. By the end of this process, you should have a populated rootfs directory in ~/arm-stuff/rootfs/kali-armhf.

02. Create the Image File

Next, we create the physical image file, which will hold our EfikaMX rootfs and boot images:

:~$ sudo apt install -y kpartx xz-utils sharutils
:~$ mkdir -p ~/arm-stuff/images/
:~$ cd ~/arm-stuff/images/
:~$ dd if=/dev/zero of=kali-custom-efikamx.img conv=fsync bs=4M count=7000

03. Partition and Mount the Image File

:~$ parted kali-custom-efikamx.img --script -- mklabel msdos
:~$ parted kali-custom-efikamx.img --script -- mkpart primary ext2 4096s 266239s
:~$ parted kali-custom-efikamx.img --script -- mkpart primary ext4 266240s 100%
:~$ loopdevice=$( losetup -f --show kali-custom-efikamx.img )
:~$ device=$( kpartx -va $loopdevice| sed -E 's/.*(loop[0-9])p.*/\1/g' | head -1 )
:~$ device="/dev/mapper/${device}"
:~$ bootp=${device}p1
:~$ rootp=${device}p2
:~$ mkfs.ext2 $bootp
:~$ mkfs.ext4 $rootp
:~$ mkdir -p boot
:~$ mkdir -p root
:~$ mount $bootp boot
:~$ mount $rootp root

04. Copy and Modify the Kali rootfs

:~$ rsync -HPavz /root/arm-stuff/rootfs/kali-armhf/ root
:~$ echo nameserver > root/etc/resolv.conf
:~$ sed 's/0-1/0//g' root/etc/init.d/udev

05. Compile the EfikaMX Kernel and Modules

:~$ mkdir -p ~/arm-stuff/kernel/
:~$ cd ~/arm-stuff/kernel/
:~$ git clone --depth 1
:~$ cd linux-legacy/
:~$ export ARCH=arm
:~$ export CROSS_COMPILE=~/arm-stuff/kernel/toolchains/arm-eabi-linaro-4.6.2/bin/arm-eabi-
:~$ make efikamx_defconfig

# configure your kernel !
:~$ make menuconfig
:~$ make -j$(cat /proc/cpuinfo|grep processor | wc -l)
:~$ make modules_install INSTALL_MOD_PATH=~/arm-stuff/images/root
:~$ make uImage
:~$ cp arch/arm/boot/uImage ~/arm-stuff/images/boot
:~$ cat <<EOF > ~/arm-stuff/images/boot/boot.script
setenv ramdisk uInitrd;
setenv kernel uImage;
setenv bootargs console=tty1 root=/dev/mmcblk0p2 rootwait rootfstype=ext4 rw quiet;
${loadcmd} ${ramdiskaddr} ${ramdisk};
if imi ${ramdiskaddr}; then; else
setenv bootargs ${bootargs} noinitrd;
setenv ramdiskaddr "";
${loadcmd} ${kerneladdr} ${kernel}
if imi ${kerneladdr}; then
bootm ${kerneladdr} ${ramdiskaddr}
:~$ mkimage -A arm -T script -C none -n "Boot.scr for EfikaMX" -d ~/arm-stuff/images/boot/boot.script ~/arm-stuff/images/boot/boot.scr
:~$ umount $bootp
:~$ umount $rootp
:~$ kpartx -dv $loopdevice
:~$ losetup -d $loopdevice

Use the dd command to image this file to your SD card. In our example, we assume the storage device is located at /dev/sdb. Change this as needed:

:~$ dd if=kali-linux-efikamx.img of=/dev/sdb conv=fsync bs=4M

Once the dd operation is complete, unmount and eject the SD card and boot your EfikaMX into Kali Linux

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