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    Open Source Mobile Device Forensics

    Heather Mahalik

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    iOS Devices Zdziarski Methods Boot Rom

    Vulnerability Exploits Custom Ramdisk via

    SSH The iPhone Data

    Protection Tools iTunes

    Android Devices viaLogical ADB Backup OSAF Toolkit Santoku DD

    Not supported for all devices


    Device Acquisition

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    How old is the device?

    Is the device locked? Is the device

    damaged? Are you Law



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    LiME (Linux Memory Extractor) First tool to support full

    memory captures of Android smartphones!

    TCP dump or saved to SD card

    Uses ADB

    Android Memory Capture

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    iOS Devices iPhone Backup Analyzer iExplorer iBackupBot Scalpel SQLite Browser Plist Editor WhatsApp Extract

    Contacts.sqlite and ChatStorage.sqlite

    Manual examination Customized scripts

    Android Devices Autopsy

    Android Module WhatsApp Extract

    wa.db and msgstore.db Scalpel SQLite Browser Hex Editor Anything capable of mounting

    EXT FTK Imager Customized scripts Manual examination

    Analytical Toolsto Name a Few

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    Commercial tools are expensive They still miss data They dont parse third party applications

    completely They omit relevant databases when extracting

    data They dont support all devices

    Open Source tools See above!

    Reality Check!

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    /private/var/mobile/library/Spotlight/ smssearchindex.sqlite

    Provides SMS message data Active and deleted messages Should be compared to sms.db May show traces of attachments (metadata)

    *Not commonly parsed by any tool!

    Example iOS Examination

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    GUI built on The Sleuth Kit Next version (v3.1.1) will include Android

    module Customizable Complete analytical platform Android dumps can be loaded as normal disk

    images or file folders


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    Android Examination

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    Parsed from Contacts2.db file Raw_contacts and ABPerson

    Examining Contacts

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    Examining the Raw Contacts (1)

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    Examining the Raw Contacts (2)

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    Parses messages and chats from SMS, MMS and some third party applications

    Parsing Messages and Chats

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    Encryption vs. Encoding Base64 decoder built into Autopsy Android


    Encoding Built into Autopsy

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    Google Maps, Browser, Cache and EXIF location parsing

    Geolocation Support

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    Geolocation Reporting

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    EXIF Parser

    Graphics and Videos

    Examining Multimedia Files

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    Active files shown in viewer

    Deleted must be examined/recovered in Hex

    Recovering Deleted SQLite Data

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    Mari DeGrazias SQLite Parser

    Custom Scripts

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    Mahalik, Tamma

    References, Sources and Suggested Reading

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    Heather Mahalik Basis Technology Twitter: @heathermahalik


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