SANS Digital Forensics and Incident Response Blog: Tag - Volume Shadow Analysis

Shadow Timelines And Other VolumeShadowCopy Digital Forensics Techniques with the Sleuthkit on Windows

Creating Digital Forensic Filesystem Timelines From Multiple Windows Volume Shadow Copies

Introduction to Shadow Timelines:

This past weekend I was upgrading the SIFT Workstation to the new version and I realized I had not used the Windows version of the Sleuthkit tools in awhile. I usually demonstrate in class that many of the sleuthkit tools can work directly against the logical partitions of a Physical Hard Drive (e.g. \\.\\C:, \\.\\D:). It occurred to me that I had never tried to use the filesystem parser and timeline generator fls on a Windows Vista, Windows 7, or Windows 2008 Server ShadowCopyVolume.

We have known for some time now that you can image a Shadow Volume. I wrote a

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Volume Shadow Copies and LogParser

Volume Shadow Copies (VSCs) can contain a treasure trove of information - so much information that if not treated correctly, they can become too cumbersome for many investigators. (Note: if you are unfamiliar with VSCs, Rob Lee has a great write-up about the subject.) One way to make the examination of VSCs a little less … Continue reading Volume Shadow Copies and LogParser