This makes it possible to recover the contents of files even after the directory information for them is lost, often by reformatting the disk. The filenames cannot be recovered by this technique, but the file contents can.
And it's outrageously easy to use. Simply invoking Foremost with no options looks for all possible file types and puts the files it finds in a folder named "output".
Examine your Kali desktop and make sure there isn't a folder named "output".
cd cd Desktop curl https://samsclass.info/121/proj/p15.zip > p15.zip unzip p15.zip
If there is one, right-click it and click "Move to Trash".
A list of options appears. We don't need any of them for this project, but the most interesting one to note is -q which makes the scan quicker by assuming every file will start on a sector boundary, which seems like a very safe assumption.
Foremost prints some strange binary stuff, as shown below, but that's OK--it worked.
That's it. Close or minimize your Terminal window.
An "output" window opens, containing three items, as shown below.
The "jpg" and "zip" folders contain the recovered files, and the audit.txt file contains a list of all files recovered.
Double-click the audit.txt file.
A list of the recovered files appears, as shown below.
Resize or scroll the window to show this text (your date and time will be different):
8 FILES EXTRACTED jpg:= 5 zip:= 3 ------------------------------------------------------------------ Foremost finished at Mon Apr 7 16:30:26 2014
In the "output" window, double-click the jpg folder.
You should see five images, as shown below.
Notice that the images were recovered, but not the filenames--all the files have numerical names now.
Foremost recovered two files that ProDiscover did not--a Guy Fawkes mask, and an image of the "Anarchist Cookbook".
In the "output" window, double-click the zip folder.
You should see three files, as shown below.
These files were recovered as ZIP files, because that's how Microsoft's XML files are structured.
Double-click one of the recovered ZIP files. Kali Linux can't open it.
The easiest way to view these files is to install LiberOffice on Kali.
In a Terminal window, execute this command:
rm -rf /var/lib/apt/lists
apt-get install kali-archive-keyring
apt-get install libreoffice -y
Right-click one of the Zip files and click Rename. Change the file extension to DOCX and press the Enter key.
Repeat the process for the other two ZIP files.
Double-click each of the DOCX files to open it in Libre Office Writer.
Two of the files are the ones ProDiscover found--the Hacker's Manifesto and the Bill of Rights.
Find the third file--a recipe for making Crank Meth, as shown below.
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