HOW TO: Fixed Problem Failed To Import Volatility.plugins.* When Running Volatility

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Recently i has installed a memory forensic tools on my Slackware, actually i really need this memory forensic for my little experiment be called learning on home.

But after i installed volatility, i got message “failed to import volatility.plugins.* etc”. Like above screenshot or can see this message below:

bash-4.3$ -h
Volatility Foundation Volatility Framework 2.4
*** Failed to import volatility.plugins.malware.svcscan (ImportError: No module named Crypto.Hash)
*** Failed to import volatility.plugins.registry.shellbags (ImportError: No module named Crypto.Hash)
*** Failed to import volatility.plugins.registry.auditpol (ImportError: No module named Crypto.Hash)
*** Failed to import volatility.plugins.ssdt (NameError: name ‘distorm3’ is not defined)
*** Failed to import volatility.plugins.registry.registryapi (ImportError: No module named Crypto.Hash)
*** Failed to import volatility.plugins.mac.apihooks (ImportError: No module named distorm3)
*** Failed to import volatility.plugins.envars (ImportError: No module named Crypto.Hash)
*** Failed to import volatility.plugins.evtlogs (ImportError: No module named Crypto.Hash)
*** Failed to import volatility.plugins.registry.lsadump (ImportError: No module named Crypto.Hash)
*** Failed to import volatility.plugins.malware.threads (NameError: name ‘distorm3’ is not defined)
*** Failed to import volatility.plugins.mac.apihooks_kernel (ImportError: No module named distorm3)
*** Failed to import volatility.plugins.getservicesids (ImportError: No module named Crypto.Hash)
*** Failed to import volatility.plugins.registry.shimcache (ImportError: No module named Crypto.Hash)
*** Failed to import volatility.plugins.timeliner (ImportError: No module named Crypto.Hash)
*** Failed to import volatility.plugins.malware.apihooks (NameError: name ‘distorm3’ is not defined)
*** Failed to import volatility.plugins.linux.apihooks (ImportError: No module named distorm3)
*** Failed to import volatility.plugins.getsids (ImportError: No module named Crypto.Hash)
*** Failed to import volatility.plugins.mac.check_syscall_shadow (ImportError: No module named distorm3)
*** Failed to import volatility.plugins.tcaudit (ImportError: No module named Crypto.Hash)
Usage: Volatility - A memory forensics analysis platform.

  -h, –help            list all available options and their default values.
                        Default values may be set in the configuration file
                        User based configuration file
  -d, –debug           Debug volatility
  –plugins=PLUGINS     Additional plugin directories to use (colon separated)
  –info                Print information about all registered objects
                        Directory where cache files are stored
  –cache               Use caching
  –tz=TZ               Sets the timezone for displaying timestamps
  -f FILENAME, –filename=FILENAME
                        Filename to use when opening an image
                        Name of the profile to load
  -l LOCATION, –location=LOCATION
                        A URN location from which to load an address space
  -w, –write           Enable write support
  –dtb=DTB             DTB Address
  –shift=SHIFT         Mac KASLR shift address
  –output=text         Output in this format (format support is module
                        write output in this file
  -v, –verbose         Verbose information
  -g KDBG, –kdbg=KDBG  Specify a specific KDBG virtual address
  -k KPCR, –kpcr=KPCR  Specify a specific KPCR address

        Supported Plugin Commands:

                atoms           Print session and window station atom tables
                atomscan        Pool scanner for atom tables
                bigpools        Dump the big page pools using BigPagePoolScanner
                bioskbd         Reads the keyboard buffer from Real Mode memory
                callbacks       Print system-wide notification routines
                clipboard       Extract the contents of the windows clipboard
                cmdline         Display process command-line arguments
                cmdscan         Extract command history by scanning for _COMMAND_HISTORY
                connections     Print list of open connections [Windows XP and 2003 Only]
                connscan        Pool scanner for tcp connections
                consoles        Extract command history by scanning for _CONSOLE_INFORMATION
                crashinfo       Dump crash-dump information
                deskscan        Poolscaner for tagDESKTOP (desktops)
                devicetree      Show device tree
                dlldump         Dump DLLs from a process address space
                dlllist         Print list of loaded dlls for each process
                driverirp       Driver IRP hook detection
                driverscan      Pool scanner for driver objects
                dumpcerts       Dump RSA private and public SSL keys
                dumpfiles       Extract memory mapped and cached files
                eventhooks      Print details on windows event hooks
                filescan        Pool scanner for file objects
                gahti           Dump the USER handle type information
                gditimers       Print installed GDI timers and callbacks
                gdt             Display Global Descriptor Table
                handles         Print list of open handles for each process
                hibinfo         Dump hibernation file information
                hivedump        Prints out a hive
                hivelist        Print list of registry hives.
                hivescan        Pool scanner for registry hives
                hpakextract     Extract physical memory from an HPAK file
                hpakinfo        Info on an HPAK file
                idt             Display Interrupt Descriptor Table
                iehistory       Reconstruct Internet Explorer cache / history
                imagecopy       Copies a physical address space out as a raw DD image
                imageinfo       Identify information for the image
                impscan         Scan for calls to imported functions
                joblinks        Print process job link information
                kdbgscan        Search for and dump potential KDBG values
                kpcrscan        Search for and dump potential KPCR values
                ldrmodules      Detect unlinked DLLs
                machoinfo       Dump Mach-O file format information
                malfind         Find hidden and injected code
                mbrparser       Scans for and parses potential Master Boot Records (MBRs)
                memdump         Dump the addressable memory for a process
                memmap          Print the memory map
                messagehooks    List desktop and thread window message hooks
                mftparser       Scans for and parses potential MFT entries
                moddump         Dump a kernel driver to an executable file sample
                modscan         Pool scanner for kernel modules
                modules         Print list of loaded modules
                multiscan       Scan for various objects at once
                mutantscan      Pool scanner for mutex objects
                notepad         List currently displayed notepad text
                objtypescan     Scan for Windows object type objects
                patcher         Patches memory based on page scans
                poolpeek        Configurable pool scanner plugin
                printkey        Print a registry key, and its subkeys and values
                privs           Display process privileges
                procdump        Dump a process to an executable file sample
                pslist          Print all running processes by following the EPROCESS lists
                psscan          Pool scanner for process objects
                pstree          Print process list as a tree
                psxview         Find hidden processes with various process listings
                raw2dmp         Converts a physical memory sample to a windbg crash dump
                screenshot      Save a pseudo-screenshot based on GDI windows
                sessions        List details on _MM_SESSION_SPACE (user logon sessions)
                sockets         Print list of open sockets
                sockscan        Pool scanner for tcp socket objects
                strings         Match physical offsets to virtual addresses (may take a while, VERY verbose)
                symlinkscan     Pool scanner for symlink objects
                thrdscan        Pool scanner for thread objects
                timers          Print kernel timers and associated module DPCs
                unloadedmodules Print list of unloaded modules
                userassist      Print userassist registry keys and information
                userhandles     Dump the USER handle tables
                vaddump         Dumps out the vad sections to a file
                vadinfo         Dump the VAD info
                vadtree         Walk the VAD tree and display in tree format
                vadwalk         Walk the VAD tree
                vboxinfo        Dump virtualbox information
                verinfo         Prints out the version information from PE images
                vmwareinfo      Dump VMware VMSS/VMSN information
                volshell        Shell in the memory image
                windows         Print Desktop Windows (verbose details)
                wintree         Print Z-Order Desktop Windows Tree
                wndscan         Pool scanner for window stations
                yarascan        Scan process or kernel memory with Yara signatures

After i trace one by one, evidently pycrypto and distorm3 installed not yet. So for installing, quite simply type command with pip:

# pip install pycrypto && pip install distorm3

After installed pycrypto and distorm3, and i see this problem has solved. Like below screenshot:

If you want installing pip, you can find or each repository. In there i’m using Slackware as OS, you can find volatility from or using third party with sbopkg.

For Ubuntu/Debian or RedHat/Fedora, simply just type command:

$ sudo apt-get install pip [Ubuntu/Debian]
$ sudo yum install pip [RedHat/Fedora]

So these tutorial about Fixed Problem Failed To Import Volatility.plugins.*.
Next, if i have time i will share to using volatility for analysis memory forensics.

Happy Using and Good Luck! Arief

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