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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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Starting Xplico in DEFT Linux 8.2

Should you find great difficulty in installing Xplico, another option would be to use DEFT Linux 8.2, which can be run either as a live OS or as a virtual host. This process is not as in-depth as installing Kali Linux (as covered in Chapter 2, Installing Kali Linux) because DEFT can be used as a live forensic acquisition distribution.

You can download DEFT 8.2 from, then open VirtualBox, click New, and enter the following details:

  • Name: Deft 8.2
  • Type: Linux
  • Version: Ubuntu (64-bit)

The following figure shows the options selected:

Figure 10.8 – DEFT Linux virtual machine details

Now, after filling in the appropriate information, follow these steps:

  1. Assign four or more GBs of RAM.
  2. Leave the default option of Create a virtual hard disk now and click Create.
  3. Leave the default option of VDI (VirtualBox Disk Image) and click Next.
  4. Leave...