Remotely Dump RAM of a Linux Client – LiMEaide

Last Release: 03/23/2019    

Remotely Dump RAM of a Linux Client – LiMEaide


LiMEaide is a python application, developed by Daryl Bennett, that can remotely dump RAM of a Linux client and create a Volatility profile for later analysis on your local host.

LiMEaide: Remotely Dump RAM of a Linux Client

To use LiMEaide, you just need to simply feed a remote Linux client IP address. That’s it.

Working process

  1. Make a remote connection with specified client over SHH
  2. Transfer necessary build files to the remote machine
  3. Build the memory scrapping Loadable Kernel Module (LKM) LiME
  4. LKM will dump RAM
  5. Transfer RAM dump and RAM maps back to host
  6. Build a Volatility profile


  • python3: LiMEaide is written in python3, therefore it requires it.
  • paramiko: python library for instantiating a SSH connection with a remote host. Install using pip3
  • dwarfdump: required for volatility profile building, reads the debugging symbols in compiled LKM.
  • LiME: the most important dependency (doing dumping).

Remotely Dump RAM of a Linux Client – LiMEaide

Installing Dependencies


  • DEB base
sudo apt-get install python3-paramiko python3-termcolor
  • RPM base
sudo yum install python3-paramiko python3-termcolor
  • pip3
sudo pip3 install paramiko termcolor


  • DEB package manager
sudo apt-get install dwarfdump
  • RPM package manager
sudo yum install libdwarf-tools


LiMEaide will automatically download and place LiME in the correct directory, but you can also perform a manual installation, just follow the steps bellow:

  • Download;
  • Move the source into the LiMEaide/tools directory;
  • Rename folder to LiME;


To run the LiMEaide:

python3 <IP>

-h, --help
    Shows the help dialog

-u, --user : <user>
    Execute memory grab as sudo user. This is useful when root privileges are not granted.

-p, --profile : <distro> <kernel version> <arch>
    Skip the profiler by providing the distribution, kernel version, and architecture of the remote client.

-N, --no-profiler
    Do NOT run profiler and force the creation of a new module/profile for the client.

-C, --dont-compress
    Do not compress memory file. By default memory is compressed on host. If you experience issues, toggle this flag. In my tests I see a ~60% reduction in file size

    Execute a job to create a RAM dump on target system that you will retrieve later.  The stored job
    is located in the scheduled_jobs/ dir that ends in .dat

-P, --pickup <path to job file .dat>
    Pick up a job you previously ran with the --delayed-pickup switch.
    The file that follows this switch is located in the scheduled_jobs/ directory
    and ends in .dat

-o, --output : <name>
    Change name of output file. Default is dump.bin

-c, --case : <case num>
    Append case number to front of output directory.

    If previous attempt failed then clean up client


  • Only supports bash .
  • Modules must be built on remote client.
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