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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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In this chapter, we dived into the technical aspect of Kali Linux and discovered the types of modes available to us via the Kali Linux ISO image, whether running it from a live environment or installing it in a virtual environment. Kali Linux can also be installed on removable storage, such as a flash drive or SD card. Being such a versatile operating system, we can also install Kali Linux as a full-fledged operating system.

We also looked in depth at installing Kali Linux in a virtual environment using VirtualBox. For beginners, I'd recommend this method of installation, as it allows trial and error within an isolated environment. Be sure to allocate enough RAM and remember that the 32-bit version of Kali Linux only allows up to 4 GB of RAM to be recognized and utilized. As a reminder, I once again suggest that you have access to both a Kali Linux live medium (created using Rufus) as well as an installation of the OS, whether physical or virtual, to ensure that all...