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Live CD

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A live CD is a CD containing a bootable computer operating system. Live CDs are widely used in computer forensics and incident response.

Advantages

  • Physical memory of a computer can be imaged by performing cold boot attack without running tools on an untrusted OS;
  • Acquisition over a network connection without running tools on an untrusted OS;
  • No need to reconstruct RAID arrays;
  • etc.

Disadvantages

  • Out-of-date software;
  • No simple way to reconfigure Live CD: you cannot easily rebuild foo to support bar (e.g. rebuild Sleuthkit to support AFF).

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