In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Volatility on Debian 12. Volatility is an advanced memory forensics framework that enables the analysis of volatile data in a computer’s memory dump. It is a crucial tool for digital forensics and incident response teams to investigate and identify attacks, uncover evidence of malicious activities, and understand the state of a system during an incident.
This article assumes you have at least basic knowledge of Linux, know how to use the shell, and most importantly, you host your site on your own VPS. The installation is quite simple and assumes you are running in the root account, if not you may need to add ‘
sudo‘ to the commands to get root privileges. I will show you the step-by-step installation of Volatility on a Debian 12 (Bookworm).
- A server running one of the following operating systems: Debian 12 (Bookworm).
- It’s recommended that you use a fresh OS install to prevent any potential issues.
- SSH access to the server (or just open Terminal if you’re on a desktop).
- An active internet connection. You’ll need an internet connection to download the necessary packages and dependencies for Volatility.
- A user account with sudo privileges to execute administrative commands.
Install Volatility on Debian 12 Bookworm
Step 1. Before we begin, ensure that your Debian 12 system is up-to-date. You can do this by running the following command:
sudo apt update sudo apt upgrade
Additionally, you’ll need to install some system tools and dependencies. Run the following command to install them:
sudo apt install build-essential python3 python3-pip python3-dev git sudo apt install libdistorm3-dev libyara-dev libcapstone-dev
Step 2. Installing Volatility on Debian 12.
Clone the Volatility 3 repository and navigate to the cloned directory:
git clone https://github.com/volatilityfoundation/volatility3.git cd volatility3/
Next, Install the required Python packages using the requirements file:
pip3 install -r requirements.txt
Ensure Volatility is installed correctly by running the help command:
python3 vol.py -h
If the installation was successful, you should see information about the available plugins and other related information.
Step 3. Configuration.
To make it easier to use Volatility, you can add it to your PATH. This allows you to run the
vol.py command from any directory without having to specify the full path to the script.
.bashrc file in a text editor:
Add the following line to the end of the file, replacing
/path/to/volatility3 with the actual path to the
Save and close the file. Then, load the new PATH into your current session:
Now, you should be able to run the
vol.py command from any directory.
Step 4. Usage Basics.
Volatility is a command-line tool, and its functionality is provided through plugins. To list all available plugins and their functions, use the following command:
python3 vol.py --info
Each plugin has a specific purpose, such as listing running processes, open network connections, or loaded kernel modules. For example, to list the running processes from a memory dump, you would use the
python3 vol.py -f /path/to/memory/dump pslist
/path/to/memory/dump with the path to your memory dump file.
Congratulations! You have successfully installed Volatility. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing the latest version of Volatility on Debian 12 Bookworm. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you check the official Volatility website.