Top 3 Forensic Examination Tools for Linux

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The Sleuthkit

It is a free open source suite of forensic utilities that has a GUI called Autopsy. This tool suite has strong support for Linux file systems and can be used to examine the full details of inodes and other data structures. The Sleuthkit has a plugin framework that supports automated processing. The Autopsy GUI for The Sleuthkit is shown here with a Linux file system:

Digital Forensics Framework

DFF (Digital Forensics Framework) is a free and Open Source computer forensics software built on top of a dedicated Application Programming Interface (API). Preserve digital chain of custody: Software write blocker, cryptographic hash calculation Access to local and remote devices: Disk drives, removable devices, remote file systems Read standard digital forensics file formats: Raw, Encase EWF, AFF 3 file formats Virtual machine disk reconstruction: VmWare (VMDK) compatible Windows and Linux OS forensics: Registry, Mailboxes, NTFS, EXTFS 2/3/4, FAT 12/16/32 file systems Quickly triage and search for (meta-)data: Regular expressions, dictionaries, content search, tags, time-line Recover hidden and deleted artifacts: Deleted files / folders, unallocated spaces, carving Volatile memory forensics: Processes, local files, binary extraction, network connections

SMART for Linux

SMART is a software utility that has been designed and optimized to support data forensic practitioners and Information Security personnel in pursuit of their respective duties and goals. SMART is more than a stand-alone data forensic program. The features of SMART allow it to be used in many scenarios, including:
“Knock-and-talk” inquiries and investigations on-site or remote preview of a target system post mortem analysis of a dead system testing and verification of other forensic programs conversion of proprietary “evidence file” formats baselining of a system
Conclusion: No matter what tool or set of tools are you using, the approach is very important. Your methodology, process, chain of custody and maintaining the integrity of the data is crucial, otherwise you will have nothing in your hands as an evidence. So training is crucial, you need to develop your profile and you need to work with your master so that you will become the master. ]]>

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