Linux Malware Incident Response: A Practitioner's Guide to Forensic Collection and Examination of Volatile Data

1st Edition

An Excerpt from Malware Forensic Field Guide for Linux Systems

Authors:

  • Eoghan Casey
  • James Aquilina
  • Cameron Malin
  • Description

    Linux Malware Incident Response is a "first look" at the Malware Forensics Field Guide for Linux Systems, exhibiting the first steps in investigating Linux-based incidents. The Syngress Digital Forensics Field Guides series includes companions for any digital and computer forensic investigator and analyst. Each book is a "toolkit" with checklists for specific tasks, case studies of difficult situations, and expert analyst tips. This compendium of tools for computer forensics analysts and investigators is presented in a succinct outline format with cross-references to supplemental appendices. It is designed to provide the digital investigator clear and concise guidance in an easily accessible format for responding to an incident or conducting analysis in a lab.

    Key Features

    • Presented in a succinct outline format with cross-references to included supplemental components and appendices
    • Covers volatile data collection methodology as well as non-volatile data collection from a live Linux system
    • Addresses malware artifact discovery and extraction from a live Linux system

    Readership

    Designed and written for malware forensics investigators and analysts, law enforcement, and legal professionals.

    Table of Contents

    Dedication

    Introduction

    How to Use This book

    Investigative Approach

    Forensic Analysis in Malware Investigations

    Applying Forensics to Malware

    From Malware Analysis to Malware Forensics

    Chapter 1. Linux Malware Incident Response

    Introduction

    Volatile Data Collection Methodology

    Nonvolatile Data Collection from a Live Linux System

    Conclusion

    Appendix 1

    Incident Response Tool Suites

    Remote Collection Tools

    Volatile Data Collection and Analysis Tools

    Collecting Subject System Details

    Identifying Users Logged into the System

    Network Connections and Activity

    Process Analysis

    Loaded Modules

    Opened Files

    Command History

    Appendix 2

    Live Response: Field Notes

    Appendix 3

    Live Response: Field Interview Questions

    Appendix 4

    Pitfalls to Avoid

    Selected Readings

    Details

    No. of pages:
    134
    Language:
    English
    Copyright:
    © 2013
    Published:
    Imprint:
    Syngress
    Print ISBN:
    9780124095076
    Electronic ISBN:
    9780124114890

    About the authors

    Eoghan Casey

    Eoghan Casey is an internationally recognized expert in data breach investigations and information security forensics. He is founding partner of CASEITE.com, and co-manages the Risk Prevention and Response business unit at DFLabs. Over the past decade, he has consulted with many attorneys, agencies, and police departments in the United States, South America, and Europe on a wide range of digital investigations, including fraud, violent crimes, identity theft, and on-line criminal activity. Eoghan has helped organizations investigate and manage security breaches, including network intrusions with international scope. He has delivered expert testimony in civil and criminal cases, and has submitted expert reports and prepared trial exhibits for computer forensic and cyber-crime cases. In addition to his casework and writing the foundational book Digital Evidence and Computer Crime, Eoghan has worked as R&D Team Lead in the Defense Cyber Crime Institute (DCCI) at the Department of Defense Cyber Crime Center (DC3) helping enhance their operational capabilities and develop new techniques and tools. He also teaches graduate students at Johns Hopkins University Information Security Institute and created the Mobile Device Forensics course taught worldwide through the SANS Institute. He has delivered keynotes and taught workshops around the globe on various topics related to data breach investigation, digital forensics and cyber security. Eoghan has performed thousands of forensic acquisitions and examinations, including Windows and UNIX systems, Enterprise servers, smart phones, cell phones, network logs, backup tapes, and database systems. He also has information security experience, as an Information Security Officer at Yale University and in subsequent consulting work. He has performed vulnerability assessments, deployed and maintained intrusion detection systems, firewalls and public key infrastructures, and developed policies, procedures, and educational programs

    James Aquilina

    James M. Aquilina, Esq. is the Managing Director and Deputy General Counsel of Stroz Friedberg, LLC, a consulting and technical services firm specializing in computer forensics; cyber-crime response; private investigations; and the preservation, analysis and production of electronic data from single hard drives to complex corporate networks. As the head of the Los Angeles Office, Mr. Aquilina supervises and conducts digital forensics and cyber-crime investigations and oversees large digital evidence projects. Mr. Aquilina also consults on the technical and strategic aspects of anti-piracy, antispyware, and digital rights management (DRM) initiatives for the media and entertainment industries, providing strategic thinking, software assurance, testing of beta products, investigative assistance, and advice on whether the technical components of the initiatives implicate the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act and anti-spyware and consumer fraud legislation. His deep knowledge of botnets, distributed denial of service attacks, and other automated cyber-intrusions enables him to provide companies with advice to bolster their infrastructure protection.

    Cameron Malin

    Cameron H. Malin is Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation assigned to a Cyber Crime squad in Los Angeles, California, where he is responsible for the investigation of computer intrusion and malicious code matters. Special Agent Malin is the founder and developer of the FBI’s Technical Working Group on Malware Analysis and Incident Response. Special Agent Malin is a Certified Ethical Hacker (C|EH) as designated by the International Council of E-Commerce Consultants, a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), as designated by the International Information Systems Security Consortium, a GIAC certified Reverse-Engineering Malware Professional (GREM), GIAC Certified Intrusion Analyst (GCIA), GIAC Certified Incident Handler (GCIH), and a GIAC Certified Forensic Analyst (GCFA), as designated by the SANS Institute.