Learning Python for Forensics

Author: Preston Miller
Publisher: Packt Publishing Ltd
ISBN: 9781783285242
Release Date: 2016-05-31
Genre: Computers

Learn the art of designing, developing, and deploying innovative forensic solutions through Python About This Book This practical guide will help you solve forensic dilemmas through the development of Python scripts Analyze Python scripts to extract metadata and investigate forensic artifacts Master the skills of parsing complex data structures by taking advantage of Python libraries Who This Book Is For If you are a forensics student, hobbyist, or professional that is seeking to increase your understanding in forensics through the use of a programming language, then this book is for you. You are not required to have previous experience in programming to learn and master the content within this book. This material, created by forensic professionals, was written with a unique perspective and understanding of examiners who wish to learn programming What You Will Learn Discover how to perform Python script development Update yourself by learning the best practices in forensic programming Build scripts through an iterative design Explore the rapid development of specialized scripts Understand how to leverage forensic libraries developed by the community Design flexibly to accommodate present and future hurdles Conduct effective and efficient investigations through programmatic pre-analysis Discover how to transform raw data into customized reports and visualizations In Detail This book will illustrate how and why you should learn Python to strengthen your analysis skills and efficiency as you creatively solve real-world problems through instruction-based tutorials. The tutorials use an interactive design, giving you experience of the development process so you gain a better understanding of what it means to be a forensic developer. Each chapter walks you through a forensic artifact and one or more methods to analyze the evidence. It also provides reasons why one method may be advantageous over another. We cover common digital forensics and incident response scenarios, with scripts that can be used to tackle case work in the field. Using built-in and community-sourced libraries, you will improve your problem solving skills with the addition of the Python scripting language. In addition, we provide resources for further exploration of each script so you can understand what further purposes Python can serve. With this knowledge, you can rapidly develop and deploy solutions to identify critical information and fine-tune your skill set as an examiner. Style and approach The book begins by instructing you on the basics of Python, followed by chapters that include scripts targeted for forensic casework. Each script is described step by step at an introductory level, providing gradual growth to demonstrate the available functionalities of Python.

Python Forensics

Author: Chet Hosmer
Publisher: Elsevier
ISBN: 9780124186835
Release Date: 2014-05-19
Genre: Computers

Python Forensics provides many never-before-published proven forensic modules, libraries, and solutions that can be used right out of the box. In addition, detailed instruction and documentation provided with the code samples will allow even novice Python programmers to add their own unique twists or use the models presented to build new solutions. Rapid development of new cybercrime investigation tools is an essential ingredient in virtually every case and environment. Whether you are performing post-mortem investigation, executing live triage, extracting evidence from mobile devices or cloud services, or you are collecting and processing evidence from a network, Python forensic implementations can fill in the gaps. Drawing upon years of practical experience and using numerous examples and illustrative code samples, author Chet Hosmer discusses how to: Develop new forensic solutions independent of large vendor software release schedules Participate in an open-source workbench that facilitates direct involvement in the design and implementation of new methods that augment or replace existing tools Advance your career by creating new solutions along with the construction of cutting-edge automation solutions to solve old problems Provides hands-on tools, code samples, and detailed instruction and documentation that can be put to use immediately Discusses how to create a Python forensics workbench Covers effective forensic searching and indexing using Python Shows how to use Python to examine mobile device operating systems: iOS, Android, and Windows 8 Presents complete coverage of how to use Python scripts for network investigation

Violent Python

Author: TJ O'Connor
Publisher: Newnes
ISBN: 9781597499644
Release Date: 2012-12-28
Genre: Computers

Violent Python shows you how to move from a theoretical understanding of offensive computing concepts to a practical implementation. Instead of relying on another attacker’s tools, this book will teach you to forge your own weapons using the Python programming language. This book demonstrates how to write Python scripts to automate large-scale network attacks, extract metadata, and investigate forensic artifacts. It also shows how to write code to intercept and analyze network traffic using Python, craft and spoof wireless frames to attack wireless and Bluetooth devices, and how to data-mine popular social media websites and evade modern anti-virus. Demonstrates how to write Python scripts to automate large-scale network attacks, extract metadata, and investigate forensic artifacts Write code to intercept and analyze network traffic using Python. Craft and spoof wireless frames to attack wireless and Bluetooth devices Data-mine popular social media websites and evade modern anti-virus

Black Hat Python

Author: Justin Seitz
Publisher: No Starch Press
ISBN: 9781593275907
Release Date: 2014-12-14
Genre: Computers

In Black Hat Python, the latest from Justin Seitz (author of the best-selling Gray Hat Python), you’ll explore the darker side of Python’s capabilities—writing network sniffers, manipulating packets, infecting virtual machines, creating stealthy trojans, and more. You’ll learn how to: Create a trojan command-and-control using GitHubDetect sandboxing and automate com­mon malware tasks, like keylogging and screenshottingEscalate Windows privileges with creative process controlUse offensive memory forensics tricks to retrieve password hashes and inject shellcode into a virtual machineExtend the popular Burp Suite web-hacking toolAbuse Windows COM automation to perform a man-in-the-browser attackExfiltrate data from a network most sneakily Insider techniques and creative challenges throughout show you how to extend the hacks and how to write your own exploits. When it comes to offensive security, your ability to create powerful tools on the fly is indispensable. Learn how in Black Hat Python.

Linux Forensics

Author: Philip Polstra
Publisher: CreateSpace
ISBN: 1515037630
Release Date: 2015-07-13
Genre:

Linux Forensics is the most comprehensive and up-to-date resource for those wishing to quickly and efficiently perform forensicson Linux systems. It is also a great asset for anyone that would like to better understand Linux internals. Linux Forensics will guide you step by step through the process of investigating a computer running Linux. Everything you need to know from the moment you receive the call from someone who thinks they have been attacked until the final report is written is covered in this book. All of the tools discussed in this book are free and most are also open source. Dr. Philip Polstra shows how to leverage numerous tools such as Python, shell scripting, and MySQL to quickly, easily, and accurately analyze Linux systems. While readers will have a strong grasp of Python and shell scripting by the time they complete this book, no priorknowledge of either of these scripting languages is assumed. Linux Forensics begins by showing you how to determine if there was an incident with minimally invasive techniques. Once it appears likely that an incident has occurred, Dr. Polstra shows you how to collect data from a live system before shutting it down for the creation of filesystem images. Linux Forensics contains extensive coverage of Linux ext2, ext3, and ext4 filesystems. A large collection of Python and shell scripts for creating, mounting, and analyzing filesystem images are presented in this book. Dr. Polstra introduces readers to the exciting new field of memory analysis using the Volatility framework. Discussions of advanced attacks and malware analysis round out the book. Book Highlights 370 pages in large, easy-to-read 8.5 x 11 inch format Over 9000 lines of Python scripts with explanations Over 800 lines of shell scripts with explanations A 102 page chapter containing up-to-date information on the ext4 filesystem Two scenarios described in detail with images available from the book website All scripts and other support files are available from the book website Chapter Contents First Steps General Principles Phases of Investigation High-level Process Building a Toolkit Determining If There Was an Incident Opening a Case Talking to Users Documenation Mounting Known-good Binaries Minimizing Disturbance to the Subject Automation With Scripting Live Analysis Getting Metadata Using Spreadsheets Getting Command Histories Getting Logs Using Hashes Dumping RAM Creating Images Shutting Down the System Image Formats DD DCFLDD Write Blocking Imaging Virtual Machines Imaging Physical Drives Mounting Images Master Boot Record Based Partions GUID Partition Tables Mounting Partitions In Linux Automating With Python Analyzing Mounted Images Getting Timestamps Using LibreOffice Using MySQL Creating Timelines Extended Filesystems Basics Superblocks Features Using Python Finding Things That Are Out Of Place Inodes Journaling Memory Analysis Volatility Creating Profiles Linux Commands Dealing With More Advanced Attackers Malware Is It Malware? Malware Analysis Tools Static Analysis Dynamic Analysis Obfuscation The Road Ahead Learning More Communities Conferences Certifications

Python Digital Forensics Cookbook

Author: Preston Miller
Publisher: Packt Publishing Ltd
ISBN: 9781783987474
Release Date: 2017-09-26
Genre: Computers

Over 60 recipes to help you learn digital forensics and leverage Python scripts to amplify your examinations About This Book Develop code that extracts vital information from everyday forensic acquisitions. Increase the quality and efficiency of your forensic analysis. Leverage the latest resources and capabilities available to the forensic community. Who This Book Is For If you are a digital forensics examiner, cyber security specialist, or analyst at heart, understand the basics of Python, and want to take it to the next level, this is the book for you. Along the way, you will be introduced to a number of libraries suitable for parsing forensic artifacts. Readers will be able to use and build upon the scripts we develop to elevate their analysis. What You Will Learn Understand how Python can enhance digital forensics and investigations Learn to access the contents of, and process, forensic evidence containers Explore malware through automated static analysis Extract and review message contents from a variety of email formats Add depth and context to discovered IP addresses and domains through various Application Program Interfaces (APIs) Delve into mobile forensics and recover deleted messages from SQLite databases Index large logs into a platform to better query and visualize datasets In Detail Technology plays an increasingly large role in our daily lives and shows no sign of stopping. Now, more than ever, it is paramount that an investigator develops programming expertise to deal with increasingly large datasets. By leveraging the Python recipes explored throughout this book, we make the complex simple, quickly extracting relevant information from large datasets. You will explore, develop, and deploy Python code and libraries to provide meaningful results that can be immediately applied to your investigations. Throughout the Python Digital Forensics Cookbook, recipes include topics such as working with forensic evidence containers, parsing mobile and desktop operating system artifacts, extracting embedded metadata from documents and executables, and identifying indicators of compromise. You will also learn to integrate scripts with Application Program Interfaces (APIs) such as VirusTotal and PassiveTotal, and tools such as Axiom, Cellebrite, and EnCase. By the end of the book, you will have a sound understanding of Python and how you can use it to process artifacts in your investigations. Style and approach Our succinct recipes take a no-frills approach to solving common challenges faced in investigations. The code in this book covers a wide range of artifacts and data sources. These examples will help improve the accuracy and efficiency of your analysis—no matter the situation.

Digital Forensics with Open Source Tools

Author: Cory Altheide
Publisher: Elsevier
ISBN: 1597495875
Release Date: 2011-03-29
Genre: Computers

Digital Forensics with Open Source Tools is the definitive book on investigating and analyzing computer systems and media using open source tools. The book is a technical procedural guide, and explains the use of open source tools on Mac, Linux and Windows systems as a platform for performing computer forensics. Both well-known and novel forensic methods are demonstrated using command-line and graphical open source computer forensic tools for examining a wide range of target systems and artifacts. Written by world-renowned forensic practitioners, this book uses the most current examination and analysis techniques in the field. It consists of 9 chapters that cover a range of topics such as the open source examination platform; disk and file system analysis; Windows systems and artifacts; Linux systems and artifacts; Mac OS X systems and artifacts; Internet artifacts; and automating analysis and extending capabilities. The book lends itself to use by students and those entering the field who do not have means to purchase new tools for different investigations. This book will appeal to forensic practitioners from areas including incident response teams and computer forensic investigators; forensic technicians from legal, audit, and consulting firms; and law enforcement agencies. Written by world-renowned forensic practitioners Details core concepts and techniques of forensic file system analysis Covers analysis of artifacts from the Windows, Mac, and Linux operating systems

Python Journey from Novice to Expert

Author: Fabrizio Romano
Publisher: Packt Publishing Ltd
ISBN: 9781787122567
Release Date: 2016-08-31
Genre: Computers

Learn core concepts of Python and unleash its power to script highest quality Python programs About This Book Develop a strong set of programming skills with Pyhton that you will be able to express in any situation, on every platform, thanks to Python's portability Stop writing scripts and start architecting programs by applying object-oriented programming techniques in Python Learn the trickier aspects of Python and put it in a structured context for deeper understanding of the language Who This Book Is For This course is meant for programmers who wants to learn Python programming from a basic to an expert level. The course is mostly self-contained and introduces Python programming to a new reader and can help him become an expert in this trade. What You Will Learn Get Python up and running on Windows, Mac, and Linux in no time Grasp the fundamental concepts of coding, along with the basics of data structures and control flow Understand when to use the functional or the object-oriented programming approach Extend class functionality using inheritance Exploit object-oriented programming in key Python technologies, such as Kivy and Django Understand how and when to use the functional programming paradigm Use the multiprocessing library, not just locally but also across multiple machines In Detail Python is a dynamic and powerful programming language, having its application in a wide range of domains. It has an easy-to-use, simple syntax, and a powerful library, which includes hundreds of modules to provide routines for a wide range of applications, thus making it a popular language among programing enthusiasts.This course will take you on a journey from basic programming practices to high-end tools and techniques giving you an edge over your peers. It follows an interesting learning path, divided into three modules. As you complete each one, you'll have gained key skills and get ready for the material in the next module.The first module will begin with exploring all the essentials of Python programming in an easy-to-understand way. This will lay a good foundation for those who are interested in digging deeper. It has a practical and example-oriented approach through which both the introductory and the advanced topics are explained. Starting with the fundamentals of programming and Python, it ends by exploring topics, like GUIs, web apps, and data science.In the second module you will learn about object oriented programming techniques in Python. Starting with a detailed analysis of object-oriented technique and design, you will use the Python programming language to clearly grasp key concepts from the object-oriented paradigm. This module fully explains classes, data encapsulation, inheritance, polymorphism, abstraction, and exceptions with an emphasis on when you can use each principle to develop well-designed software.With a good foundation of Python you will move onto the third module which is a comprehensive tutorial covering advanced features of the Python language. Start by creating a project-specific environment using venv. This will introduce you to various Pythonic syntax and common pitfalls before moving onto functional features and advanced concepts, thereby gaining an expert level knowledge in programming and teaching how to script highest quality Python programs. Style and approach This course follows a theory-cum-practical approach having all the ingredients that will help you jump into the field of Python programming as a novice and grow-up as an expert. The aim is to create a smooth learning path that will teach you how to get started with Python and carry out expert-level programming techniques at the end of course.

Learning Penetration Testing with Python

Author: Christopher Duffy
Publisher: Packt Publishing Ltd
ISBN: 9781785289552
Release Date: 2015-09-30
Genre: Computers

Utilize Python scripting to execute effective and efficient penetration tests About This Book Understand how and where Python scripts meet the need for penetration testing Familiarise yourself with the process of highlighting a specific methodology to exploit an environment to fetch critical data Develop your Python and penetration testing skills with real-world examples Who This Book Is For If you are a security professional or researcher, with knowledge of different operating systems and a conceptual idea of penetration testing, and you would like to grow your knowledge in Python, then this book is ideal for you. What You Will Learn Familiarise yourself with the generation of Metasploit resource files Use the Metasploit Remote Procedure Call (MSFRPC) to automate exploit generation and execution Use Python's Scapy, network, socket, office, Nmap libraries, and custom modules Parse Microsoft Office spreadsheets and eXtensible Markup Language (XML) data files Write buffer overflows and reverse Metasploit modules to expand capabilities Exploit Remote File Inclusion (RFI) to gain administrative access to systems with Python and other scripting languages Crack an organization's Internet perimeter Chain exploits to gain deeper access to an organization's resources Interact with web services with Python In Detail Python is a powerful new-age scripting platform that allows you to build exploits, evaluate services, automate, and link solutions with ease. Python is a multi-paradigm programming language well suited to both object-oriented application development as well as functional design patterns. Because of the power and flexibility offered by it, Python has become one of the most popular languages used for penetration testing. This book highlights how you can evaluate an organization methodically and realistically. Specific tradecraft and techniques are covered that show you exactly when and where industry tools can and should be used and when Python fits a need that proprietary and open source solutions do not. Initial methodology, and Python fundamentals are established and then built on. Specific examples are created with vulnerable system images, which are available to the community to test scripts, techniques, and exploits. This book walks you through real-world penetration testing challenges and how Python can help. From start to finish, the book takes you through how to create Python scripts that meet relative needs that can be adapted to particular situations. As chapters progress, the script examples explain new concepts to enhance your foundational knowledge, culminating with you being able to build multi-threaded security tools, link security tools together, automate reports, create custom exploits, and expand Metasploit modules. Style and approach This book is a practical guide that will help you become better penetration testers and/or Python security tool developers. Each chapter builds on concepts and tradecraft using detailed examples in test environments that you can simulate.

Learning Network Forensics

Author: Samir Datt
Publisher: Packt Publishing Ltd
ISBN: 9781785282126
Release Date: 2016-02-29
Genre: Computers

Identify and safeguard your network against both internal and external threats, hackers, and malware attacks About This Book Lay your hands on physical and virtual evidence to understand the sort of crime committed by capturing and analyzing network traffic Connect the dots by understanding web proxies, firewalls, and routers to close in on your suspect A hands-on guide to help you solve your case with malware forensic methods and network behaviors Who This Book Is For If you are a network administrator, system administrator, information security, or forensics professional and wish to learn network forensic to track the intrusions through network-based evidence, then this book is for you. Basic knowledge of Linux and networking concepts is expected. What You Will Learn Understand Internetworking, sources of network-based evidence and other basic technical fundamentals, including the tools that will be used throughout the book Acquire evidence using traffic acquisition software and know how to manage and handle the evidence Perform packet analysis by capturing and collecting data, along with content analysis Locate wireless devices, as well as capturing and analyzing wireless traffic data packets Implement protocol analysis and content matching; acquire evidence from NIDS/NIPS Act upon the data and evidence gathered by being able to connect the dots and draw links between various events Apply logging and interfaces, along with analyzing web proxies and understanding encrypted web traffic Use IOCs (Indicators of Compromise) and build real-world forensic solutions, dealing with malware In Detail We live in a highly networked world. Every digital device—phone, tablet, or computer is connected to each other, in one way or another. In this new age of connected networks, there is network crime. Network forensics is the brave new frontier of digital investigation and information security professionals to extend their abilities to catch miscreants on the network. The book starts with an introduction to the world of network forensics and investigations. You will begin by getting an understanding of how to gather both physical and virtual evidence, intercepting and analyzing network data, wireless data packets, investigating intrusions, and so on. You will further explore the technology, tools, and investigating methods using malware forensics, network tunneling, and behaviors. By the end of the book, you will gain a complete understanding of how to successfully close a case. Style and approach An easy-to-follow book filled with real-world case studies and applications. Each topic is explained along with all the practical tools and software needed, allowing the reader to use a completely hands-on approach.

Practical Mobile Forensics

Author: Heather Mahalik
Publisher: Packt Publishing Ltd
ISBN: 9781788835909
Release Date: 2018-01-23
Genre: Computers

Investigate, analyze, and report iOS, Android, and Windows devices Key Features Get hands-on experience in performing simple to complex mobile forensics techniques. Retrieve and analyze data stored not only on mobile devices but also through the cloud and other connected mediums. A practical guide to leveraging the power of mobile forensics on popular mobile platforms with lots of tips, tricks, and caveats. Book Description Covering up-to-date mobile platforms, this book will focuses on teaching you the most recent techniques for investigating mobile devices. We delve mobile forensics techniques in iOS 9-11, Android 7-8 devices, and Windows 10. We will demonstrate the latest open source and commercial mobile forensics tools, enabling you to analyze and retrieve data effectively. You will learn how to introspect and retrieve data from the cloud, and document and prepare reports of your investigations. By the end of this book, you will have mastered the current operating systems and the relevant techniques to recover data from mobile devices by leveraging open source solutions. What you will learn Discover the new techniques in practical mobile forensics Understand the architecture and security mechanisms present in iOS and Android platforms Identify sensitive files on the iOS and Android platforms Set up a forensic environment Extract data from the iOS and Android platforms Recover data on the iOS and Android platforms Understand the forensics of Windows devices Explore various third-party application techniques and data recovery techniques Who this book is for If you are a forensics professional and are eager to widen your forensics skill set to mobile forensics then, this book is for you. Some understanding of digital forensics practices would do wonders.

Learning Android Forensics

Author: Rohit Tamma
Publisher: Packt Publishing Ltd
ISBN: 9781782174448
Release Date: 2015-04-30
Genre: Computers

If you are a forensic analyst or an information security professional wanting to develop your knowledge of Android forensics, then this is the book for you. Some basic knowledge of the Android mobile platform is expected.

Oracle Incident Response and Forensics

Author: Pete Finnigan
Publisher: Apress
ISBN: 9781484232644
Release Date: 2017-11-28
Genre: Computers

Take the right steps when a breach of your Oracle Database environment becomes known or suspected. You will learn techniques for discerning how an attacker got in, what data they saw, and what else they might have done. This book helps you understand forensics in relation to Oracle Database, and the tools and techniques that should be used to investigate a database breach. You will learn the measures to put in place now to make it harder for an attack to be successful, and to aid in the detection and investigation of future attacks. You will know how to bring together tools and methods to create a holistic approach and investigation when an event occurs, helping you to be confident of your ability to react correctly and responsibly to threats against your organization’s data. What You'll Learn Detect when breaches have or may have occurred React with confidence using an organized plan Determine whether a suspected breach is real Determine the scope of data that has been compromised Preserve evidence for possible criminal prosecutions Put in place measures to aid future investigations Who This Book is For Database administrators, system administrators, and other technology professionals who may be called upon to investigate breaches of security involving Oracle Database

The Art of Memory Forensics

Author: Michael Hale Ligh
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 9781118824993
Release Date: 2014-07-22
Genre: Computers

Memory forensics provides cutting edge technology to help investigate digital attacks Memory forensics is the art of analyzing computer memory (RAM) to solve digital crimes. As a follow-up to the best seller Malware Analyst's Cookbook, experts in the fields of malware, security, and digital forensics bring you a step-by-step guide to memory forensics—now the most sought after skill in the digital forensics and incident response fields. Beginning with introductory concepts and moving toward the advanced, The Art of Memory Forensics: Detecting Malware and Threats in Windows, Linux, and Mac Memory is based on a five day training course that the authors have presented to hundreds of students. It is the only book on the market that focuses exclusively on memory forensics and how to deploy such techniques properly. Discover memory forensics techniques: How volatile memory analysis improves digital investigations Proper investigative steps for detecting stealth malware and advanced threats How to use free, open source tools for conducting thorough memory forensics Ways to acquire memory from suspect systems in a forensically sound manner The next era of malware and security breaches are more sophisticated and targeted, and the volatile memory of a computer is often overlooked or destroyed as part of the incident response process. The Art of Memory Forensics explains the latest technological innovations in digital forensics to help bridge this gap. It covers the most popular and recently released versions of Windows, Linux, and Mac, including both the 32 and 64-bit editions.

iOS Forensic Analysis

Author: Sean Morrissey
Publisher: Apress
ISBN: 9781430233428
Release Date: 2010-12-21
Genre: Computers

iOS Forensic Analysis provides an in-depth look at investigative processes for the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad devices. The methods and procedures outlined in the book can be taken into any courtroom. With never-before-published iOS information and data sets that are new and evolving, this book gives the examiner and investigator the knowledge to complete a full device examination that will be credible and accepted in the forensic community. What you’ll learn How to respond to security incidents involving iOS devices How to acquire and analyze data on iOS devices such as iPhone and iPad How to analyze media exploitation on iOS devices Who this book is for Computer forensic professionals, law enforcement, attorneys, security professionals, those who are curious about such things, and educators. This book can also be employed by law enforcement training academies and universities, as well as computer forensics, information security, and e-discovery communities. Table of Contents History of Apple Mobile Devices iOS Operating and File System Analysis Search, Seizure, and Incident Response iPhone Logical Acquisition Logical Data Analysis Mac and Windows Artifacts GPS Analysis Media Exploitation Media Exploitation Analysis Network Analysis