The BitCurator Environment includes many individual tools to perform specific curation tasks. Listed here are all tools packaged by default in the environment, organized by the folder found on the BitCurator desktop. Links will take users to the corresponding external site or documentation. Where applicable, relevant BitCurator Step-by-Step Guidesare listed as well.
Because BitCurator is an Ubuntu environment, users are able to download and install tools as in any other Ubuntu distribution or Linux OS.
In addition, much functionality is found in the file navigation system, Nautilus, through contextual menus. Listed are guides for many of these scripts.
- Data Triage
- Create MD5 Sums
- Display a file in Hex editor
- Disk Image Metadata
- Extract Compressed Files
- Live Search for Files
- Safely Mount Device
Imaging and Recovery
Brasero: GUI application to copy data and audio CD and DVDs
Guymager: Open-source forensic disk imaging tool
- See the Creating a Disk Image Using Guymager Step-by-Step Guide.
cdrdao: CD imaging tool (primarily for audio CDs)
Clonezilla: A imaging and cloning program for partitions and disks
dcfldd: A forensics-focused rewrite of dd
dd: Create raw disk images and transfer data between devices
ddrescue: A version of dd with additional options for data recovery
dumpfloppy: Suite of tools for reading floppy disks in arbitrary formats supported by the PC floppy controller, and for working with the resulting image files
- More documentation at the Forensics wiki.
Forensic analysis tools
BitCurator Disk Image Access: A GUI interface to browse raw and forensically-packaged disk images, export files and deleted items, and view disk image metadata.
BitCurator Mounter: A GUI application to list currently attached devices along with technical details. Allows users to mount fixed and removable media according to the current mount policy.
BitCurator Reporting Tool: A GUI-driven (and optionally command-line) tool for running forensics tools in sequence to produce human- and machine-readable reports in DFXML.
- Find instructions at the Creating Disk Image Reports using the BitCurator Reporting Tool Step-by-Step Guide.
- Use of the Reporting Tool is also covered in the Quickstart Guide.
- See the Bulk Extractor Viewer Step-by-Step Guide.
- See the Regular Expressions in Bulk Extractor Step-by-Step Guide.
- bulk_extractor is a critical component of the Annotated Features Report Step-by-Step Guide.
Disktype: Detects the content format of a disk or disk image
Fiwalk: Fiwalk is part of The Sleuth Kit's collection of digital forensics tools and is used to produce a DFXML (Digital Forensics XML) report on the contents of a disk image within the BitCurator Reporting Tool.
- See the fiwalk Step-by-Step Guide.
md5deep: Set of programs to compute MD5, SHA-1, SHA-256, Tiger, or Whirlpool message digests on an arbitrary number of files
nsrllookup: Query tool to check for a matching MD5 hash in the National Software Reference Library Reference Data Set
PhotoRec: File data recovery software designed to recover lost files including video, documents and archives from hard disks, CD-ROMs, and lost pictures from digital camera memory
RegRipper: Tool for extracting and parsing information (keys, values, data) from the Windows Registry
SDHash: File similarity tool using similarity digests
ssdeep: Fast hash generation
TestDisk: Data recovery software with focus on recovering lost partitions, making non-booting disks bootable again/partition table recovery
Packaging and Transfer
BagIt Python Library: Command line implementation of the BagIt specification
Grsync: GUI fronted for the rysnc command line tool to synchronize or transfer data between locations
Antiword: Converts the Microsoft Word 2, 6, 7, 97, 2000, 2002 and 2003 formats to plain text and PostScript
BitCurator Reports (command line): Command line implementation of the BitCurator Reporting Tool, see GUI entry under the Forensic analysis tools section
Bless Hex Editor: Hex editor to edit and view files as a sequence of bytes
ClamTK: Virus scanning
FIDO Format Identification: Command line tool to identify the file formats of digital objects, designed for integration into automated workflows
Fiwalk (command line): Fiwalk is part of The Sleuth Kit's collection of digital forensics tools and is used to produce a DFXML (Digital Forensics XML) report on the contents of a disk image within the BitCurator Reporting Tool.
- See the fiwalk Step-by-Step Guide.
GHex: A hex viewer/editor
GtkHash: A cryptographic hashing tool
Hashrat: Hashing tool supporting MD5, SHA1, SAH256, SHA512, Whirlpool, JH and HMAC versions of these. Includes recursive file hashing and other features.
- See the View and export information from HFS-formatted disk images Step-by-Step Guide.
Match BE Features to File Names: Command line implementation of the BitCurator Reporting Toolfunction
nwipe: Securely erase disks
Read Outlook PST File: A utility for reading and exporting the contents of PST files.
System Profiler and Benchmark: Link to the native system information tool
VLC media player: Multimedia player and framework that plays most multimedia files as well as DVDs, audio CDs, VCDs, and various streaming protocols.
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