Links to overcome the post-holiday syndrome

September came quickly and holidays are gone. Well, at least for me and for most of the people that live in this part of the world. If you happen to be one of those that survived the holiday season -and all its hassles- without even approaching your laptop, blackberry, iPhone, PDA or any other kind of “always-on” Internet device… you are either a liar or a hero.

Whatever you did, and despite the amount of money you spent, one thing is for sure: if you are reading this it’s safe to assume that you are still interested in reading about good infosec stuff, aren’t you?

Keep reading then and have a look at the following links containing a few interesting security tools, new forensic challenges and even a new Multi-Boot Security Live DVD:

  • DFRWS 2008 Rodeo (forensic challenge): The 8th annual Digital Forensic Research Conference was held from August 11 to 13, 2008 in Baltimore, MD. A key element of this conference is the “forensic rodeo”, a challenge where conference attendees form teams to solve a digital forensic problem. The DRFWS has made the materials for the 2008 Forensic Rodeo available on their website for educational purposes and to support further research in memory analysis and file carving. The scenario description and the image files can be downloaded
  • The Open Computer Forensics Architecture (OCFA): OCFA is a modular computer forensic framework developed by the Dutch National Policy Agency meant to be used in large investigations. If you want to give a try you can download the required packages from their main site:
  • Splunk: Splunk is a log archiving product that allows to search, navigate, alert and report on all logs in real time. Plus it’s free and available for all platforms on
  • Multi-Boot Security LiveCD DVD: A new all-in-one multipurpose LiveDVD that combines some of the very popular LiveCD ISOs already available on the Internet:
    • Backtrack 3
    • Damn Small Linux 4.2.5
    • Knoppix 5.1.1
    • Ophcrack 1.2.2 (with 720 mb tables)
    • Puppy Linux 3.01
    • and a few more…

I’m currently downloading the 4GB MultiISO .torrent file and will it give a try soon. Shame that Helix is not part of the DVD, but still looks like a handy tool to have in your Incident Response jump bag.

Enjoy and good luck with you holiday blues!

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Ismael Valenzuela

Global Director, Foundstone Consulting Services at Intel Security, GSE #132 & SANS Instructor for Digital Forensics & Cyberdefense tracks

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