File System Forensic Analysis

Book Description

The Definitive Guide to File System Analysis: Key Concepts and Hands-on Techniques

Most evidence is stored within the computer's file system, but understanding how file 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 for discovering hidden evidence, recovering deleted data, and validating your tools. Along the way, he describes , 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, enforcement officer, corporate security specialist, or auditor, this book will become an indispensable resource for forensic investigations, no matter what analysis tools you use.

Table of Contents

Part I: Foundations
Chapter 1. Digital Investigation Foundations
Chapter 2. Computer Foundations
Chapter 3. Hard Disk Data Acquisition

Part II: Volume Analysis
Chapter 4. Volume Analysis
Chapter 5. PC-based Partitions
Chapter 6. -based Partitions
Chapter 7. Multiple Disk Volumes

Part III: File System Analysis
Chapter 8. File System Analysis
Chapter 9. FAT Concepts and Analysis
Chapter 10. FAT Data Structures
Chapter 11. NTFS Concepts
Chapter 12. NTFS Analysis
Chapter 13. NTFS Data Structures
Chapter 14. Ext2 and Ext3 Concepts and Analysis
Chapter 15. Ext2 and Ext3 Data Structures
Chapter 16. UFS1 and UFS2 Concepts and Analysis
Chapter 17. UFS1 and UFS2 Data Structures

Appendix A. The Sleuth Kit and Autopsy

Book Details

  • Title: File System Forensic Analysis
  • Author:
  • Length: 600 pages
  • Edition: 1
  • Language: English
  • Publisher:
  • Publication Date: 2005-03-27
  • ISBN-10: 0321268172
  • ISBN-13: 9780321268174
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