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RootPrompt.org: The Coroner's Toolkit [Review]

Aug 05, 2000, 14:05 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Noel)

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"The Coroner's Toolkit (TCT) is a suite of tools written by Wietse Venema and Dan Farmer that was written to help a System Admin doing forensic analysis on their cracked Unix box. The tools are written in a mixture of c and perl. The authors say that TCT does not have one single goal, but instead it has the theme of making a snapshot of the machine so that there can be an attempt towards reconstruction of the past. The software is released under the IBM Public License and all source code is included."

"grave-robber runs the tools based on the Order of Volatility. The authors describe the Order of Volatility as certain data is more volatile than other types and that you want to capture the most volatile information first, before it has gone away. By default grave-robber runs on the entire system and it is suggested that you run the tool as root so that it can look at the things that a normal user can not."

"I found this to be a very useful package of tools that gives you a good snapshot of the state of a compromised machine. While not being designed for a newbie it would still allow a less experienced Admin to collect the data so that someone with more experience could look at later. This is a tool that would have been very useful when the system I was helping to run had been cracked."

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