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Helix 1.5
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2 29266 04-13-2005
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100% of reviewers None indicated 8.0

Description: Based upon KNOPPIX (Debian), Helix 1.5 comes complete with many utilities to secure your OS and ensure it's not been backdoored. The Linux CD is a Live type with the option to install which includes mutiple kernels and has two types: Linux version or a Microsoft Windows version.

Helix: Incident Response and Forensics Live CD
Keywords: debian rkhunter chkrootkit live cd knoppix 2.4 2.6

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Old 04-06-2005, 12:18 AM   #1
Registered: Dec 2004
Distribution: Kubuntu 9.04
Posts: 181

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Would you recommend the product? yes | Price you paid?: D/L | Rating: 7

Pros: Unique programs, Versatile, Not "hacker" based
Cons: Documentation could be better

This distribution is very unique. It comes with programs that no other distro has, focused largely on computer crime analysis. It has programs for scanning a computer for image files, scanning email, port scanning, and much more, including virus scanners. It also has several programs for catalogueing and storing one's findings.

This distro also has a very useful "Windows mode" that it can use if inserted into the cd drive during a running windows session.

While most other security/forensics livecd's are made "by hackers for hackers," this one is not. It appears more like the kind of livecd that a policeman might want to have.

Useful for anything from scanning for viruses on an infected computer, to making sure your son hasn't been doing things he shouldn't, to analyzing a criminal's confiscated computer.

Old 04-13-2005, 02:18 AM   #2
Registered: Dec 2004
Distribution: SuSE, RedHat, ubuntu, Debian
Posts: 734

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Would you recommend the product? yes | Price you paid?: D/L | Rating: 9

Pros: Many commonly used open source applications installed by default
Cons: The boot menu doesn't have the kernel version for 1 of the 3 types listed

If you choose the option to install you get Fluxbox and KDE along with the default X-Windows System window manager twm.

The Fluxbox window manager comes with many themes and is easy to configure it with the many utils right from the Fluxbox menu's.

The KDE menu's can easily be edited with the Menu Edit configuration utility. Changing themes is also as easy as it is with Fluxbox dues to KDE's nice Control Center utility.

Despite the Forensics nature of the Live CD portion, the installed version works very much the same as a regular Debian 3.1 (Sarge) install but with many applications because it is Debian 3.1.

The utility apt-get is a very easy way to install and keep the system updated package, kernel, video and X-Windows System wise. Synaptic is also installed if you want the GUI version of apt.

Many multimedia applications are also installed like xine, k3b, xmms, with many graphics apps as well.

System administration wise there is the easy to use configuration wizards for network services, most of which are NOT enabled by default. Again for the best flexibility and user control over the distro.

Before you think this is just another Live Forensics CD, try the install option which has a nice easy to use utility. You just may like this as a distro over the Forensics part, and it will shine all the more because it still has the Forensics type of platform as an added bonus.


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