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Digital Forensics with Kali Linux - Second Edition

By : Shiva V. N. Parasram
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Digital Forensics with Kali Linux - Second Edition

By: Shiva V. N. Parasram

Overview of this book

Kali Linux is a Linux-based distribution that's widely used for penetration testing and digital forensics. It has a wide range of tools to help for digital forensics investigations and incident response mechanisms. This updated second edition of Digital Forensics with Kali Linux covers the latest version of Kali Linux and The Sleuth Kit. You'll get to grips with modern techniques for analysis, extraction, and reporting using advanced tools such as FTK Imager, hex editor, and Axiom. Updated to cover digital forensics basics and advancements in the world of modern forensics, this book will also delve into the domain of operating systems. Progressing through the chapters, you'll explore various formats for file storage, including secret hiding places unseen by the end user or even the operating system. The book will also show you how to create forensic images of data and maintain integrity using hashing tools. Finally, you'll cover advanced topics such as autopsies and acquiring investigation data from networks, operating system memory, and quantum cryptography. By the end of this book, you'll have gained hands-on experience of implementing all the pillars of digital forensics: acquisition, extraction, analysis, and presentation, all using Kali Linux tools.
Table of Contents (17 chapters)
Section 1: Kali Linux – Not Just for Penetration Testing
Section 2: Forensic Fundamentals and Best Practices
Section 3: Forensic Tools in Kali Linux
Section 4: Automated Digital Forensic Suites
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Digital forensics with Autopsy

Now that we have our sample image file downloaded (or perhaps even a forensically acquired image of our own), let's proceed with the analysis using the Autopsy browser by first getting acquainted with the different ways to start Autopsy.

Although the Autopsy browser is based on The Sleuth Kit, features of Autopsy differ when using the Windows version compared to the Linux version. Some of the official features offered by The Sleuth Kit and Autopsy 2.4 in Kali Linux include the following:

  • Image analysis: Analyze directories and files including sorting files, recovering deleted files, and previewing files.
  • File activity timelines: Create timelines based on the timestamps of files, when they were written, accessed, and created.
  • Image integrity: Create MD5 hashes of the image file used, as well as individual files.
  • Hash databases: Match the digital hashes or fingerprints of unknown files (such as suspected malicious .exe files...