- Python Forensics Tutorial
- Installation of Python
- Overview of Python
- Basic Forensic Application
- Hash Function
- Cracking an Encryption
- Network Forensics
- Python Modules
- Dshell and Scapy
- Python Imaging Library
- Mobile Forensics
- Network Time Protocol
- Multiprocessing Support
- Memory & Forensics
- Forensics in Linux
- Indicators of Compromise
- Implementation of Cloud
- Python Forensics Useful Resources
- Python Forensics - Quick Guide
- Python Forensics - Useful Resources
- Python Forensics - Discussion
Python Forensics - Cracking an Encryption
In this chapter, we will learn about cracking a text data fetched during analysis and evidence.
A plain text in cryptography is some normal readable text, such as a message. A cipher text, on the other hand, is the output of an encryption algorithm fetched after you enter plain text.
Simple algorithm of how we turn a plain text message into a cipher text is the Caesar cipher, invented by Julius Caesar to keep the plain text secret from his enemies. This cipher involves shifting every letter in the message "forward" by three places in the alphabet.
Following is a demo illustration.
a → D
b → E
c → F
w → Z
x → A
y → B
z → C
A message entered when you run a Python script gives all the possibilities of characters, which is used for pattern evidence.
The types of pattern evidences used are as follows −
- Tire Tracks and Marks
Every biometric data comprises of vector data, which we need to crack to gather full-proof evidence.
The following Python code shows how you can produce a cipher text from plain text −
import sys def decrypt(k,cipher): plaintext = '' for each in cipher: p = (ord(each)-k) % 126 if p < 32: p+=95 plaintext += chr(p) print plaintext def main(argv): if (len(sys.argv) != 1): sys.exit('Usage: cracking.py') cipher = raw_input('Enter message: ') for i in range(1,95,1): decrypt(i,cipher) if __name__ == "__main__": main(sys.argv[1:])
Now, check the output of this code. When we enter a simple text "Radhika", the program will produce the following cipher text.
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