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DEFT 2014 – News

Hello Everybody,

First of all, Happy New Year. It has been a very tough year, full of surprises, some positive, some others not. One of these, the premature death of my father, forced us to stop temporarily the development of DEFT 8.1 causing a delay in its release date. In this regard, the board of directors of DEFT Linux Association recently met to plan a new road-map in view of DEFTCON 2014.

DEFT 8.1 will be released no later than the first week of April 2014, thus to be able to present the latest news at DEFTCON; the same day DEFT Zero, a micro live CD for forensic acquisition only, will be released.

With this new year’s post we would like also to publicly thank all the donors of last year, 2013: Gianni Amato, Ricardo Evangelista Munhoz, Jean-Arnaud Causse, Kevin Rei, Charles Powell, Roberto Capone, Paolo Musina and Pier Luca Toselli. These donations contributed to meet a small budget for our first paid development project. Shortly we will post the Internship guidelines. Keep donating. Thanks to your help we will keep developing free open-source software.

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 Some of you have probably noticed the forum closure. The low use and the frequent and annoying but never successful “take-down” attempts have lead us to substitute the forum with a FAQ page and a support email, available for you both in English and Italian.

Keep following us, we will be back shortly with more interesting news.

Stefano Fratepietro

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New website and project roadmap


As you may have noticed, the DEFT website has changed its look and contents. Many updates are coming forth, so we decided to restyle the website to better explain what we are doing for you.

First of all, as of 2012 DEFT is no longer a project managed by a single person but turned into a non-profit Association. The reason for this decision is that we wish to take part in European calls for tenders and receive donations, all of which will be devoted to new projects and to support a group of developers with the task of keeping and maintaining the project alive. You will find the Statute of the Association in the “About -> DEFT Association” menu.

You may have also noticed that the website is no longer English only. This is a favour we made to our Italian friends and followers: we wish to ensure that they can all stay up to date with our progress – even those who do not fully understand English.

Here follows the forthcoming milestones concerning the new versions of DEFT 8, Virtual Appliance and User Manual.

  • DEFT Linux 8.1 with relevant news for Mobile Forensics – November 2013
  • DEFT 8 VMware Virtual Appliance – late November 2013
  • Roadmap of projects supported by donations – December 2013
  • DEFT 8 User Manual – February 2014
  • Third Italian National Conference DEFTCON 2014  – Polytechnic of Milano, April 11, 2014

You’ll find a huge button to the right, it’s for donations, you cannot miss it! For 8 years we did our best to let you enjoy one of the best Forensic Tools around, it’s hight time to get some support to give you even more!

Thanks and see you soon.

DEFTA President
Stefano Fratepietro

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DEFT Linux 8 & DART 2 stable ready for download

Ladies & Gentleman,

first of all thank you for your precious suggestions/feedback on DEFT 8 beta!

Here we are! :) We did our best to turn the DEFT 8 beta into a stable one.

You can download the final STABLE DEFT 8 ISO (which now includes DART 2) from the following link

Download DEFT 8 Stable with DART 2
[md5: fcedb54176de7a3018adfa7571a3a626]

As usual, we suggest to check whether the md5 value we provide matches with the ISO’s you just downloaded on your PC.

We did check deft8  ISO for the most common bugs but we are human and pretty busy with our jobs so… if we missed something just drop a line to bug AT deftlinux DOT net. We will read every suggestions/bugfixes for the next release.

Stay tuned, because much more is yet to come, such as:

  • the release of the DEFT 8 Virtual Appliance (the pre-configured virtual machine you will be able to launch on your workstation by means of VMware Workstation/VMPlayer or Virtualbox);
  • the DEFT 8 User Manual (for now the DEFT 7 user manual is still valid);
  • the new/updated website.

As many of you already know, the DEFT project recently turned into a No Profit Association and we need funds to keep up the (hopefully good) work.

If you find the DEFT system useful or even crucial for your work, please consider a small donation: you don’t have to, but that would be really appreciated!

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A big thank to the DEFT Team and to all the supporters.

Enjoy! :-)

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DEFT Linux 8 public beta & DART 2 stable ready for download

Hello guys!

First of all: sorry for the delay! Life is made up of priority and sometimes you have to set aside projects and hobbies for the real life!

By the way… here the new Digital Forensics system optimized for Intel based 64-bit architectures: DEFT Linux 8!

What’s new?

  • 64 bit 3.5.0-30 Gnu Linux Kernel – brought down the limit of 4GB, Now you can use DEFT Linux on systems that have up to 25t6 TB of ram
  • The Sleuthkit 4 (the stable version of DEFT 8 will include The Sleuthkit 4.1) and Autopsy 2 – Ready for Autopsy 3 on Linux (only for Law Enforcement)
  • Digital Forensics Framework 1.3
  • Libewf and AFFlib full support
  • Xmount and Mount Ewf
  • Guymager 0.7.1, Cyclone 0.2 and Esximager
  • Recoll 1.19.5, software for indexing
  • Bulk extractor 1.3.1 with Bulk extractor GUI 1.3
  • Dumpy 0.2, an intelligence parsing tool to extract sensible data from anonymous dump – many thanks to Gianni Amato (guelfoweb) for the exclusive right
  • Skype extractor
  •  Log2timeline 0.65
  • iPBA 2 and Lib iMobile device 1.1.5 (full iOS 6.* support)
  • Fastboot – re-flash Android partition tool
  • Google Chrome Open Source INTelligence browser and TOR
  • Maltego Radium (here there is a problem, we are waiting the Paterva support to fix it, sorry for that)
  • Xplico 1.0.1 and CapAnalysis
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Another delay….!

Unfortunately they are forced to postpone the release of deft further 10 days. The core is ready, but the graphics not jet.

Really sorry for this!


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DART 2 beta ready for download

While we are working hard on the DEFT 8 Beta and the new layout of the DEFT site, We hope that the release of the standalone DART 2BETA can make you a little happier.
We think that DART 2 is one of the most advanced toolkit for Live Forensics and Incident Response analysis ( Actually we think that is the most advanced one but it doesn’t matter :-) ). With its huge number of freely distributable tools (as stated in their license), DART 2 is the ideal suite that allows the operator to run a lot of applications in almost total safety.
These are some of the DART2 new main features:

– Even more powerful internal engine,
– More than 200 stand alone tools
– Tool Search Engine by keyword or file name
– Better categories management system
– Auto Copy&paste of the XML configuration’s hash

Please let us know about any bug or malfunctions you may find by posting it on our forum or by e-mail:

Download DART 2 beta, NOW!

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many of you are asking why DEFT8 has not been released yet. It ‘s true, you’re right and we apologize for that. Several unforeseen problems about the development and implementation of new features are slowing down this release.
We changed the roadmap and we plan to release DEFT 8 beta no later than May 31. A stable version will follow no later than mid-June. DART 2 is ready!

Thank you again for your patience and cooperation.


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