File System Forensic Analysis

 

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File System Forensic Analysis
By Brian Carrier
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Publisher: Addison Wesley Professional
Pub Date: March 17, 2005
Print ISBN: 0-32-126817-2
Pages: 600
 

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The Definitive Guide to File System Analysis: Key Concepts and Hands-on Techniques Most digital evidence is stored within the computer's file system, but understanding how file systems work is one of the most technically challenging concepts for a digital investigator because there exists little documentation. Now, security expert Brian Carrier has written the definitive reference for everyone who wants to understand and be able to testify about how file system analysis is performed. Carrier begins with an overview of investigation and computer foundations and then gives an authoritative, comprehensive, and illustrated overview of contemporary volume and file systems: Crucial information for discovering hidden evidence, recovering deleted data, and validating your tools. Along the way, he describes data structures, analyzes example disk images, provides advanced investigation scenarios, and uses today's most valuable open source file system analysis tools—including tools he personally developed. Coverage includes Preserving the digital crime scene and duplicating hard disks for "dead analysis" Identifying hidden data on a disk's Host Protected Area (HPA) Reading source data: Direct versus BIOS access, dead versus live acquisition, error handling, and more Analyzing DOS, Apple, and GPT partitions; BSD disk labels; and Sun Volume Table of Contents using key concepts, data structures, and specific techniques Analyzing the contents of multiple disk volumes, such as RAID and disk spanning Analyzing FAT, NTFS, Ext2, Ext3, UFS1, and UFS2 file systems using key concepts, data structures, and specific techniques Finding evidence: File metadata, recovery of deleted files, data hiding locations, and more Using The Sleuth Kit (TSK), Autopsy Forensic Browser, and related open source tools When it comes to file system analysis, no other book offers this much detail or expertise. Whether you're a digital forensics specialist, incident response team member, law enforcement officer, corporate security specialist, or auditor, this book will become an indispensable resource for forensic investigations, no matter what analysis tools you use.

 

book cover
File System Forensic Analysis
By Brian Carrier
...............................................
Publisher: Addison Wesley Professional
Pub Date: March 17, 2005
Print ISBN: 0-32-126817-2
Pages: 600
 

Table of Contents  | Index


   Copyright
   Foreword
   Preface
      Roadmap
      Scope of Book
      Resources
   Acknowledgments
    Part I:  Foundations
          Chapter 1.  Digital Investigation Foundations
      Digital Investigations and Evidence
      Digital Crime Scene Investigation Process
      Data Analysis
      Overview of Toolkits
      Summary
      Bibliography
          Chapter 2.  Computer Foundations
      Data Organization
      Booting Process
      Hard Disk Technology
      Summary
      Bibliography
          Chapter 3.  Hard Disk Data Acquisition
      Introduction
      Reading the Source Data
      Writing the Output Data
      A Case Study Using dd
      Summary
      Bibliography
    Part II:  Volume Analysis
          Chapter 4.  Volume Analysis
      Introduction
      Background
      Analysis Basics
      Summary
          Chapter 5.  PC-based Partitions
      DOS Partitions
      Analysis Considerations
      Apple Partitions
      Removable Media
      Bibliography
          Chapter 6.  Server-based Partitions
      BSD Partitions
      Sun Solaris Slices
      GPT Partitions
      Summary
      Bibliography
          Chapter 7.  Multiple Disk Volumes
      RAID
      Disk Spanning
      Bibliography
    Part III:  File System Analysis
          Chapter 8.  File System Analysis
      What is a File System?
      File System Category
      Content Category
      Metadata Category
      File Name Category
      Application Category
      Application-level Search Techniques
      Specific File Systems
      Summary
      Bibliography
          Chapter 9.  FAT Concepts and Analysis
      Introduction
      File System Category
      Content Category
      Metadata Category
      File Name Category
      The Big Picture
      Other Topics
      Summary
      Bibliography
          Chapter 10.  FAT Data Structures
      Boot Sector
      FAT32 FSINFO
      FAT
      Directory Entries
      Long File Name Directory Entries
      Summary
      Bibliography
          Chapter 11.  NTFS Concepts
      Introduction
      Everything is a File
      MFT Concepts
      MFT Entry Attribute Concepts
      Other Attribute Concepts
      Indexes
      Analysis Tools
      Summary
      Bibliography
          Chapter 12.  NTFS Analysis
      File System Category
      Content Category
      Metadata Category
      File Name Category
      Application Category
      The Big Picture
      Other Topics
      Summary
      Bibliography
          Chapter 13.  NTFS Data Structures
      Basic Concepts
      Standard File Attributes
      Index Attributes and Data Structures
      File System Metadata Files
      Summary
      Bibliography
          Chapter 14.  Ext2 and Ext3 Concepts and Analysis
      Introduction
      File System Category
      Content Category
      Metadata Category
      File Name Category
      Application Category
      The Big Picture
      Other Topics
      Summary
      Bibliography
          Chapter 15.  Ext2 and Ext3 Data Structures
      Superblock
      Group Descriptor Tables
      Block Bitmap
      Inodes
      Extended Attributes
      Directory Entry
      Symbolic Link
      Hash Trees
      Journal Data Structures
      Summary
      Bibliography
          Chapter 16.  UFS1 and UFS2 Concepts and Analysis
      Introduction
      File System Category
      Content Category
      Metadata Category
      File Name Category
      The Big Picture
      Other Topics
      Summary
      Bibliography
          Chapter 17.  UFS1 and UFS2 Data Structures
      UFS1 Superblock
      UFS2 Superblock
      Cylinder Group Summary
      UFS1 Group Descriptor
      UFS2 Group Descriptor
      Block and Fragment Bitmaps
      UFS1 Inodes
      UFS2 Inodes
      UFS2 Extended Attributes
      Directory Entries
      Summary
      Bibliography
          Appendix A.  The Sleuth Kit and Autopsy
      The Sleuth Kit
      Autopsy
      Bibliography
   Index