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{{Infobox_Software |
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  name = Helix3 |
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  maintainer = [[e-fense]]|
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  os = {{Linux}}, {{Windows}}, {{Solaris}} |
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  genre = {{Live CD}}, {{Incident response}} |
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  license = {{GPL}}, others |
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  website = [http://www.e-fense.com/helix3-download.php e-fense.com]
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}}
  
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'''Helix3''' is a [[Live CD]] built on top of [[Ubuntu]]. It focuses on [[Incident Response|incident response]] and [[computer forensics]].
  
=Features=
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According to Helix3 Support Forum, e-fense is no longer planning on updating the free version of Helix.
  
==File Systems Understood==
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== Tools Included ==
  
==File Search Facilities==
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Helix focuses on Incident Response and forensics tools. It is meant to be used by individuals who have a sound understanding of Incident Response and forensic techniques.
  
==Historical Reconstruction==
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=== Bootable Side ===
  
Can it build timelines and search by creation date?
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* [[The Sleuth Kit]] (3.0.0)
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* [[dc3dd]]
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* [[dcfldd]]
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* [[LinEn]]
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* [[aimage]]
  
==Searching Abilities==
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''and others.''
  
Can it search? Does it build an index? Can it focus on file types or particular kinds of metadata?
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=== Windows Side ===
  
==Hash Databases==
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* [[FTK Imager]]
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* [[mdd]]
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* [[WinDD | win32dd]]
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* [[winen]]
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* [[WFT]]
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* [[IRCR]]
  
Can it create hashes of files and/or blocks? Can it compare these hash values to any databases?
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''and others.''
What sort of hash functions does it use?
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==Evidence Collection Features==
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Windows side can be used to scan for pictures on a live system.
  
Can it sign files? Does it keep an audit log?
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== Forensic Issues ==
  
=History=
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* Helix3 will automount [[Ext3]] / [[Ext4]] file systems during the boot process and recover them if required (bug in ''initrd'' scripts);
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* Helix3 can automount some storage devices like firewire devices and MMC in read/write mode;
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* Helix3 relies on file system drivers to provide write protection, mounting some file system types (e.g. [[XFS]]) will result in several data writes to the original media.
  
Originally written in (YEAR), it has now developed into a Forensic Edition and an Enterprise Edition.
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== See Also ==
  
==License Notes==
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* [[Helix3 Pro]]
  
Is it commercial or open source? Are there other licensing options?
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== External Links ==
  
= External Links =
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* [http://forum.charlestendell.com Helix3 CE Forum]
 
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EnCase Homepage - http://www.guidancesoftware.com/lawenforcement/ef_index.asp
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==External Reviews==
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Latest revision as of 04:40, 18 January 2014

Helix3
Maintainer: e-fense
OS: Linux,Windows,Solaris
Genre: Live CD,Incident Response
License: GPL, others
Website: e-fense.com

Helix3 is a Live CD built on top of Ubuntu. It focuses on incident response and computer forensics.

According to Helix3 Support Forum, e-fense is no longer planning on updating the free version of Helix.

Tools Included

Helix focuses on Incident Response and forensics tools. It is meant to be used by individuals who have a sound understanding of Incident Response and forensic techniques.

Bootable Side

and others.

Windows Side

and others.

Windows side can be used to scan for pictures on a live system.

Forensic Issues

  • Helix3 will automount Ext3 / Ext4 file systems during the boot process and recover them if required (bug in initrd scripts);
  • Helix3 can automount some storage devices like firewire devices and MMC in read/write mode;
  • Helix3 relies on file system drivers to provide write protection, mounting some file system types (e.g. XFS) will result in several data writes to the original media.

See Also

External Links