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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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Drive and partition recognition in Linux

Users new to Kali Linux or any Linux variations may find that the drive, partition recognition, and naming in Kali Linux are different from that of Windows devices.

A typical device in Linux can be addressed or recognized as /dev/sda, whereas drives in Windows are usually recognized as Disk 0, Disk 1, and so on:

  • /dev: Refers to the path of all devices and drives, which can be read from or written to, recognized by Linux
  • /sda: Refers to the Small Computer System Interface (SCSI), SATA, and USB devices

The sd stands for SCSI Mass-Storage Driver, with the letter after it representing the drive number:

  • sda: Drive 0, or the first drive recognized
  • sdb: The second drive

While Windows recognizes partitions as primary, logical, and extended, Linux partitions are recognized as numbers after the drive letter:

  • sda1: Partition 1 on the first disk (sda)
  • sda2: Partition 2 on the first disk
  • sdb1: Partition...