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How To Install Volatility on Fedora 38

Install Volatility on Fedora 38

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Volatility on Fedora 38. For those of you who didn’t know, Volatility is an open-source memory forensics framework designed to analyze memory dumps obtained from various operating systems. It provides a vast array of plugins that allow investigators to extract volatile data from running processes, network connections, file systems, and registry hives, revealing hidden artifacts that might go unnoticed through traditional file-based forensics.

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 containers on a Fedora 38.


  • A server running one of the following operating systems: Fedora 38.
  • 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 non-root sudo user or access to the root user. We recommend acting as a non-root sudo user, however, as you can harm your system if you’re not careful when acting as the root.

Install Volatility on Fedora 38

Step 1. Before we can install Podman on Fedora 38, it’s important to ensure that our system is up-to-date with the latest packages. This will ensure that we have access to the latest features and bug fixes and that we can install Podman without any issues:

sudo dnf update
sudo dnf install python3 python3-pip git gcc python3-devel
sudo dnf install make automake gcc-c++

Step 2. Installing Volatility on Fedora 38.

Now that we have the required dependencies in place, let’s proceed with installing Volatility on Fedora 38. First, we need to obtain the Volatility source code from its official repository. Execute the following commands to download the source code and navigate to the appropriate directory:

git clone https://github.com/volatilityfoundation/volatility.git
cd volatility

Now, we’ll compile and install Volatility:

python3 setup.py build
sudo python3 setup.py install

Once the installation is complete, verify that Volatility is installed correctly by running the following command:

volatility --version

Step 3. Configuring Volatility.

Now that Volatility is installed on your Fedora 38 system, let’s configure it for optimal performance and accessibility.

  • A. Setting Up Environment Variables.

Adding Volatility to your system’s PATH environment variable will allow you to run it from any location in the terminal. Add the following line to your ~/.bashrc or ~/.bash_profile file:

export PATH=$PATH:/usr/local/bin/

After making this change, reload your terminal or run the following command to update your environment variables:

source ~/.bashrc # or source ~/.bash_profile
  • B. Installing Additional Plugins and Profiles

Volatility’s true strength lies in its extensibility through plugins and profiles. Numerous contributors have developed additional plugins that cater to specific analysis needs. To install additional plugins, you can either clone the repositories directly or download them from official sources. For example:

# Replace 'plugin-name' with the desired plugin name
git clone https://github.com/volatilityfoundation/community.git
cd community/plugins/plugin-name
sudo python3 setup.py install

Additionally, profiles are essential for successfully analyzing memory dumps from different operating systems and kernel versions. You can find profiles for various systems on the Volatility repository or other trusted sources.

Step 4. Using Volatility.

To understand how to wield Volatility effectively, let’s explore a real-world example scenario and perform memory analysis.

  • A. Introduction to the Scenario

In our hypothetical scenario, we have obtained a memory dump from a potentially compromised system. Our objective is to uncover any signs of malicious activity and identify potential threats.

  • B. Loading the Memory Dump into Volatility

To begin the analysis, we need to load the memory dump into Volatility. Assuming you have a memory dump file named “memorydump.raw,” execute the following command:

volatility -f memorydump.raw imageinfo

The “imageinfo” command will automatically detect the profile of the memory dump and provide information about the operating system and kernel version.

  • C. Analyzing Running Processes

To obtain a list of running processes from the memory dump, execute:

volatility -f memorydump.raw --profile=PROFILE_NAME pslist

Replace “PROFILE_NAME” with the detected profile from the “imageinfo” command.

  • D. Extracting Network Connections

Next, let’s extract network connections from the memory dump:

volatility -f memorydump.raw --profile=PROFILE_NAME netscan
  • E. Extracting File System Artifacts

To explore file system artifacts, such as opened files and deleted files, use the following command:

volatility -f memorydump.raw --profile=PROFILE_NAME filescan
  • F. Extracting Registry Data

For analyzing registry data, execute:

volatility -f memorydump.raw --profile=PROFILE_NAME printkey -K "REGISTRY_KEY"

Step 5. Troubleshooting Volatility Installation Issues.

While installing Volatility on Fedora 38 is generally straightforward, you may encounter certain issues. Here are common problems and their solutions:

  • A. Issue: Missing Dependencies

If you encounter dependency-related issues, ensure you have installed the necessary dependencies as outlined in Section II.

  • B. Issue: Incorrect Profile

If the “imageinfo” command does not automatically detect the profile, manually specify the correct profile with the “–profile” option.

  • C. Issue: Memory Dump Errors

If you encounter errors while loading the memory dump, verify the integrity of the dump and its compatibility with the chosen profile.

Congratulations! You have successfully installed Volatility. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing Volatility on your Fedora 38 system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you check the official Volatility website.

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r00t is a seasoned Linux system administrator with a wealth of experience in the field. Known for his contributions to idroot.us, r00t has authored numerous tutorials and guides, helping users navigate the complexities of Linux systems. His expertise spans across various Linux distributions, including Ubuntu, CentOS, and Debian. r00t's work is characterized by his ability to simplify complex concepts, making Linux more accessible to users of all skill levels. His dedication to the Linux community and his commitment to sharing knowledge makes him a respected figure in the field.
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