Information Security

readpst – Backtrack 5 – Forensics – Forensics Analysis Tools – readpst

We have had a couple requests to write a post about readpst which is included in the default path of Backtrack 5 and also located in the Backtrack menu underneath Forensics/Forensics Analysis Tools. The readpst application will read PST files which are also known as Microsoft Outlook Personal Folders and convert them to mbox, MH, or KMail formats. There are various other switches that can be used to output each email into a separate file, include attachments, modify contact formats, be recursive, etc. I will explain basic functionality below along with a couple of the formats and various switches.

Technology Insights

Not enough random bytes available. Please do some other work to give the OS a chance to collect more entropy! (Need 283 more bytes)

When working to create a GPG key to sign some RPM packages I was building I ran into a message I had never seen before. I was building the RPM packages on an older server with not a lot of power which I am assuming contributed to my issue. The error is noted below but basically means you need to generate a lot of random bytes which are used to create a unique key. Within the error it states that the computer needs to collect more entropy so below I explain the error in more detail, what entropy means, why more entropy is needed, and how to generate as much as possible in a short amount of time to finish generating the GPG key.

Code Snippets

Wordlist Menu Tool for Backtrack 4 Final

I get really sick of trying to remember all the commands I use to work with wordlists so I had some free time and decided to finally get it all in one place.  I started out just gathering all my notes in a text file but then I decided to code up a menu to make the commands easy to access. Normally I would keep something like this just for my own use since I doubt any one would want it but I decided to release it anyway.