Linux Repositories

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There are a number of linux distributions.

In general they have primary repositories which are setup for every installation of the operating system and they have special purpose repositories which require specific setup.

Repository Setup

openSUSE

For current openSUSE 11.4 and 12.1 users it is necessary to have the following repositories configured:

  • security
  • devel:languages:perl
  • devel:languages:python

This is most easily done from the command line via (assumes openSUSE 12.1):

sudo zypper ar -f http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/security/openSUSE_12.1 security
sudo zypper ar -f http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/devel:/languages:/perl/openSUSE_12.1 perl
sudo zypper ar -f http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/devel:/languages:/python/openSUSE_12.1 python

zypper lr               # used to verify you have the repos installed

fedora

CERT maintains a fedora security repository with a large number of DFIR applicaitons.

debian

You can search for debian packages at debian's search page

ubuntu

Computer Forensic Tools

Below is a list of computer forensic tools. For each tool the repository it can be found in and the version in the repository is shown.

As an example, aimage is in the openSUSE security repository and it is version 3.2.5

Imaging Tools

Tool openSUSE fedora debian ubuntu comment General Remarks
adepto N/A ? N/A ? adepto is included in the helix boot cd
aimage security/3.2.5 ? squeeze/3.2.4 ? a imaging tool to create aff format images aimage has been EOL'ed. guymager or ftkimager (windows/mac) are recommended for creating aff images.
AIR N/A ? ? ? Automated Image and Restore a GUI front-end to dd and dc3dd designed for easily creating forensic bit images
dc3dd security*/7.1.614 ? sid/7.1.614 ? DoD Cyber Crime Center DD This tool was formerly known as dcfldd. When released as dc3dd it was totally rewritten.
ddrescue Base/1.14 ? squeeze/1.14 sid/1.23 ? Also known as GNU ddrescue This tool is different than dd_rescue.
dd_rescue N/A ? ? ? This tool is different than GNU ddrescue.
ewfacquire security*/20100226 ? squeeze/20100226 ? a imaging tool to create ewf format images ewfacquire is part of ewftools in some distributions.
IXimager N/A ? ? ? A law enforcement only imager used in conjunction with ILook Investigator
LinEn N/A ? ? ? a proprietary imaging tool to create ewf format images included on the Helix boot CD
guymager N/A ? Squeeze/0.4.2 Sid/0.5.9-3 ? a imaging tool to create aff format images Guymager is an open source forensic imager. It focuses on user friendliness and high speed.
rdd N/A ? ? ? a dd-like tool, with forensic imaging features Rdd is robust with respect to read errors
sdd Archiving:Backup/1.52 ? ? ? a dd-like tool Designed to work well when IBS != OBS. Working with tape is an example.
  • package will appear in the base release with the next full distribution release.

File Inventory Tools

Tool openSUSE fedora debian ubuntu comment General Remarks
exiftool base/v8.65 ? squeeze/v8.15 sid/v8.60 ? exiftool has superior metadata reporting capability -->
fiwalk security*/v0.6.15 ? N/A ? fiwalk is a robust $MFT walker


  • package will appear in the base release with the next full distribution release.