Installing a specific package version on Ubuntu

On Ubuntu and potentially other Debian based distributions, you can check the available versions of a package with the apt show command

apt show -a

Example showing firefox versions

~$ apt show -a firefox
Package: firefox
Version: 87.0+build3-0ubuntu0.20.04.2
Priority: optional
Section: web
Origin: Ubuntu
Maintainer: Ubuntu Mozilla Team <>
 More information

Package: firefox
Version: 75.0+build3-0ubuntu1
Priority: optional
Section: web
Origin: Ubuntu
Maintainer: Ubuntu Mozilla Team <>

To install a specific version, use the version number

sudo apt install firefox=75.0+build3-0ubuntu1

Enable Automatic Update for Ubuntu 20.04

Thankfully enabling automatic updates in Ubuntu is super easy.

First make sure that the “unattended-upgrades” package is installed

sudo apt install unattended-upgrades

It was already installed on my Ubuntu 20.04 server instance.
Next run dpkg to reconfigure and enable updates

sudo dpkg-reconfigure unattended-upgrades

You should get the following prompt.

Configuring automatic updates

Hit “Yes” to enable.

Your system should now automatically install updates. however, if it needs to reboot it may not. You can configure the reboot options in

sudo vi /etc/apt/apt.conf.d/50unattended-upgrades

Scroll down to the Reboot lines and uncomment

// If automatic reboot is enabled and needed, reboot at the specific
// time instead of immediately
// Default: "now"
Unattended-Upgrade::Automatic-Reboot-Time "02:00";  // <- Uncomment line

Save the file. Your system should now automatically install stable updates.

Disable automatic update

You can disable the automatic updates by running the dpkg command again.

sudo dpkg-reconfigure unattended-upgrades

and selecting “No”

Automatic updates should now be off.

More information can be found at the following link.

Kali Linux Hash Sum Mismatch while doing apt update

Looks like the problem is caused by the Windows Hypervisor Platform. Work around is to disable it.

In the Start menu search for “turn Windows features on or off”

Once open, disable “Virtual Machine Platform” and “Windows Hypervisor Platform”

Disable Virtual Machine Platform

You will need to reboot after it finishes.

I deleted apt on Ubuntu, now what?

Apparently if you do

apt purge ubuntu*

You’ll end up deleting apt. Which is a bummer, because you can’t install anything else, or fix the problem. But not to worry, the resolution is fairly easy.

You can go download the apt deb from Ubuntu’s website and install it with dpkg.

Go to the following link and find the packages for your Ubuntu version

You’ll need to show “All packages” at the bottom of the page.

Download and install ubuntu-keyring, apt-transport-https, and apt packages. Example below


Install Packages

sudo dpkg -i ubuntu-keyring_2012.05.19_all.deb
sudo dpkg -i apt-transport-https_1.2.29ubuntu0.1_amd64.deb
sudo dpkg -i apt_1.6.6ubuntu0.1_amd64.deb

Run apt and make sure it is all working

sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade

kubuntu-desktop : Depends: software-properties-kde but it is not going to be installed

Try installing software-properties-kde and get

The following packages have unmet dependencies:
  software-properties-kde : Depends: python3-software-properties (= but 1.8.8 is to be installed
 E: Unable to correct problems, you have held broken packages.

Try to install python3 from the bionic from bionic-updates

sudo apt install -t bionic-updates python3-software-properties

Install software-properties-kde

sudo apt install software-properties-kde

If it fails try force installing it

sudo dpkg -i --force-overwrite /var/cache/apt/archives/software-properties-kde_0.

Install Kubuntu desktop

sudo apt install kubuntu-desktop

More info here

apt install python-pip, Unable to locate package – Ubuntu

When trying to install pip on Ubuntu with

sudo apt install python-pip

get the following error

Unable to locate package python-pip

Does the same thing for other basic packages. One of which was nasm “Dependency for Chipsec”

Issue ended up being that the Community-maintaned source was not enabled. Enabled via the Software & Updates. Should be able to search for it and it should come up.

Install dig on Ubuntu, Debian or Kali Linux

install dig
Help options for dig

Dig is a DNS lookup utility.  It is included in most Linux distributions by default, but if it isn’t you can easily install dig with the following command.

The dig utility is apart of the dnsutils package

sudo apt-get install dnsutils -y

After it is installed, we can verify that it is working with

dig -v

For more information on how to use dig, refer to the following link.

The following is copied and pasted from the dig man page.

       dig - DNS lookup utility

       dig [@server] [-b address] [-c class] [-f filename] [-k filename] [-m] [-p port#] [-q name]
           [-t type] [-v] [-x addr] [-y [hmac:]name:key] [[-4] | [-6]] [name] [type] [class]

       dig [-h]

       dig [global-queryopt...] [query...]

       dig is a flexible tool for interrogating DNS name servers. It performs DNS lookups and
       displays the answers that are returned from the name server(s) that were queried. Most DNS
       administrators use dig to troubleshoot DNS problems because of its flexibility, ease of use
       and clarity of output. Other lookup tools tend to have less functionality than dig.

       Although dig is normally used with command-line arguments, it also has a batch mode of
       operation for reading lookup requests from a file. A brief summary of its command-line
       arguments and options is printed when the -h option is given. Unlike earlier versions, the
       BIND 9 implementation of dig allows multiple lookups to be issued from the command line.

       Unless it is told to query a specific name server, dig will try each of the servers listed
       in /etc/resolv.conf. If no usable server addresses are found, dig will send the query to the
       local host.

       When no command line arguments or options are given, dig will perform an NS query for "."
       (the root).

       It is possible to set per-user defaults for dig via ${HOME}/.digrc. This file is read and
       any options in it are applied before the command line arguments. The -r option disables this
       feature, for scripts that need predictable behaviour.

       The IN and CH class names overlap with the IN and CH top level domain names. Either use the
       -t and -c options to specify the type and class, use the -q the specify the domain name, or
       use "IN." and "CH." when looking up these top level domains.

       A typical invocation of dig looks like:

            dig @server name type


           is the name or IP address of the name server to query. This can be an IPv4 address in
           dotted-decimal notation or an IPv6 address in colon-delimited notation. When the
           supplied server argument is a hostname, dig resolves that name before querying that name

           If no server argument is provided, dig consults /etc/resolv.conf; if an address is found
           there, it queries the name server at that address. If either of the -4 or -6 options are
           in use, then only addresses for the corresponding transport will be tried. If no usable
           addresses are found, dig will send the query to the local host. The reply from the name
           server that responds is displayed.

           is the name of the resource record that is to be looked up.

           indicates what type of query is required — ANY, A, MX, SIG, etc.  type can be any valid
           query type. If no type argument is supplied, dig will perform a lookup for an A record.


Kali Linux Mirrors

I had issues after installing Kali Linux with apt not working, ended up there were no repositories in the apt sources list, added the following line and did an apt-get update and everything started working.

Add this line to /etc/apt/sources.list

deb kali-rolling main non-free contrib


apt-get update

And dist upgrade

apt-get dist-upgrade

You may need to reboot.