Using WSL Profiles for Frequent Applications

Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) adds a lot of capability and convenience for running DFIR applications on a Windows host. Previously I wrote about how to add a SIFT/REMnux Ubuntu distribution to WSL.

Another tip I’d like to share with you is setting up separate profiles for frequently used applications.

Volatility is one of the applications I’m in frequently, whether for work or lab(work). Sure, I can open a command window and then navigate to the appropriate application path; but why not make it a one-click option.

To begin, open Windows Terminal, and go to the Settings menu.

On the bottom left choose select ‘Add a new profile.’

PowerShell (Core) is my default shell environment. I’ll select this as the profile to duplicate.

After you hit ‘Duplicate’ you’ll be presented with a copy of the profile.

Update the Name and Starting directory to reflect the application path.

You can customize the Icon and Tab title. Under the Appearance tab you can assign a custom background for the WSL profile. Be sure to click Save when you’ve made your changes.

Now when I want to open a Volatility session, it’s right there on the drop down in WSL.

If you have WSL parked on the Taskbar, you can select the new profile (or any other profile) with a right-click.

If you want to have your WSL instances in separate windows, versus the default tabbed layout, right clicking from the taskbar will open the selected session in a new window.


CSIRT-Collect USB can be found in the main repository for CSIRT-Collect. CSIRT-Collect is a PowerShell script to collect memory and (triage) disk forensics for incident response investigations.

CSIRT-Collect USB is designed to run directly from a USB device. While a network deployment certainly supports automation, as an Incident Responder I can think of several examples where that wouldn’t be an option:

  • An air-gapped manufacturing environment
  • Hospital/Medical Environments
  • Ransomware incidents when the assets have been detached from the network

Preparation is the first phase of the Incident Response lifecycle. (PICERL) Once you’ve tested and/or adapted the collection for your environment, consider prepping a handful of drives and having them pre-deployed to sites where you’re likely to need them.

The Setup

First off you’re going to need a high-capacity USB device. Larger sized flash drives will work. Personally I’m a fan of Samsung (T series) SSD drives, both for their size and their write speeds during acquisitions.

On the root of the USB device:

  • A (initially empty) folder named ‘Collections’
  • KAPE directory from default KAPE installation
  • EDD.exe in \KAPE\Modules\bin\EDD (Encrypted Disk Detector)
  • CSIRT-Collect_USB.ps1
  • MRC.exe (Magnet RAM Capture)


To run the script, open an elevated PowerShell prompt and browse to the USB device. Then simply

CSIRT-Collect_USB.ps1 starting

What it Captures

The first process the script runs is Magnet RAM Capture. Once the RAM has been captured, the windows build (profile) is captured. The RAM image and the build info are named to reflect the asset hostname being collected.

The next process is the KAPE Triage collection. Host artifacts are acquired and then assembled as a .vhdx (portable hard disk) image. After the KAPE Targets portion completes, KAPE calls the Encrypted Disk Detector module which checks the local physical drives on a system for TrueCrypt, PGP, VeraCrypt, SafeBoot, or Bitlocker encrypted volumes. This information is saved into the Collections directory, as well as displayed to the responder to identify other volumes that may need to be collected while the system is live.

Lastly, if BitLocker is enabled for the OS drive the script will capture that information as well and back-up the recovery key.

Disk Encryption Check

Collection Contents

Inside the Collections folder, a subfolder will be created for each asset collected. The size of the USB device will determine how many collections can be captured before the results need to be offloaded.

The \Collections\%hostname% directory will include:

  • Console log capturing all KAPE targets activity
  • .vhdx of the host artifacts
  • collection complete date/time .txt
  • Memory acquisition .raw
  • Windows profile (build information) .txt

In the \Collections\%hostname%\Decrypt folder you will find

  • console log for KAPE modules (EDD)
  • recovery key for BitLocker (C) volume .txt
  • Live Response directory with the output of EDD .txt