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Linux Top 3: CAINE 6, VyOS 1.1 and 4MLinux 10

  • October 13, 2014
  • By Sean Michael Kerner

1) CAINE 6

CAINE which is an acronym for Computer Aided INvestigative Environment is not out with its 6.0 release. CAINE is built on top of Ubuntu 14.04 LTS and used the MATE desktop envionment. CAINE is focussed on providing forensic investigation tools. Among the tools that CAINE provides is the Volatility Memory Forensics platform to examine system memory. The open-source Inception tool for memory manipulation.

Another particularly interesting tool that CAINE 6 includes is the iP Backup Analyzer 2, which is an open-source tool for Apple IOS backup data analysis. Of course, data recovery which is a critical part of forensics investigations is also in the mix with the included PhotoRed data recovery utility.

2) VyOS 1.10

VyOS is another interesting Linux distribution with a new release out this past week. The root of VyOS is as a fork of the Vyatta Linux networking distribution. Vyatta was acquiredby Brocade in 2012 and the Vyatta distribution has not been a core focus for Brocade.

The 1.10 has a number of improvements including:

  • Unmanaged L2TPv3
  • Dummy interfaces (functionally identical to multiple loopbacks in IOS)
  • 802.1ad QinQ
  • Event handler that executes something when it finds a pattern in logs or command output.
  • IGMP proxy (pulled from EdgeOS)
  • | commands conf mode filter that converts config output to set commands.
  • | strip-private filter that removes private information from the config for pasting and the like.
  • Ability to administratively disable PPPoE sessions.
  • Ability to specify required authentication protocol for remote access VPN.
  • Ability to reject OpenVPN clients for which no explicit configuration exists.
  • Configurable ARP filter settings.

3) 4MLinux 10.0

4MLinuxbelongs to the group of Linux distributions that aim to be small in terms of memory and storage footprint. The four M's stand for:

- Maintenance (system rescue Live CD),

- Multimedia (e.g. playing video DVDs),

- Miniserver (using the inetd daemon),

-Mystery (meaning a collection of Linux games).

For the new stable 10.0 release there is new support for touchscreen and improved webcam support as well.

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at LinuxPlanet and InternetNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist

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