First off, while the title includes "third edition", this edition is not one where if you purchased the second edition, you're out of luck. Rather, the third edition is a companion book to the second edition, so you'll want to have both of them on your shelf (or Kindle). Where a great deal of 2/e was focused on Windows XP, in 3/e I'm focusing primarily on Windows 7.
The third edition has 8 chapters, as follows:
1. Analysis Concepts - Seeing comments from those who've read DFwOST thus far, and seeing the mileage that Chris Pogue is getting from his Sniper Forensics presentations, it appears that there are a lot of analysts out there who like to hear about the concepts that drive analysis. It's one thing to say to do timeline analysis and talk about how, but I think that it's something else entirely to discuss why we do timeline analysis, as that's the difference between an analyst who creates a timeline, and one who has a reason, justification and analysis goal for creating a timeline.
2. Live Response - With this chapter, I wanted to take something of a different approach; rather than writing yet another chapter that gives consultants hints on doing IR, I wanted to provide some thoughts as to how organizations can better prepare for those inevitable DFIR activities. If 2011 thus far hasn't been enough of an example, maybe it's worth saying again...it's not a matter of if your organization will face a compromise, but when. I would take that a step further and suggest that if you don't have visibility into your systems and infrastructure, you may have already been compromised. As a consultant, the biggest issue I've seen during IR is the level of preparedness...there's a huge difference between companies that accept that incidents will occur and take steps to prepare, and those who have "not me" culture/attitude; the latter usually ends up paying out much more, in terms of fees, fines, and court costs. This is something consultants talk about with their customers, but it's a whole new world when you actually see it in action.
3. Volume Shadow Copies - This chapter is somewhat self-explanatory. I was doing some research that involved accessing VSCs, and found pretty much the only way to do what I wanted to do required significant resources (ie, $$). What I did with this chapter is show how VSCs can be accessed within an acquired image without using expensive solutions, as well as provide some insight into how accessing the VSCs can really provide some very valuable information to an analyst.
4. File Analysis - This chapter is very similar to the corresponding chapter in WFA 2/e, but focuses on some of the files you're likely to see on Windows 7 systems. I also reference some of the files that you'll find on Windows XP systems, but are different on Windows 7 systems (ie, format, content). I cover Jump Lists in this chapter, and not just the LNK-like streams, but also the DestList streams (which appear to be some sort of MRU listing for shortcuts).
5. Registry Analysis - I know, a lot's been said about Registry analysis, particularly in WRF, but this time, instead of doing a break down of what can be found in the Registry, on a hive-by-hive basis, I'm taking more of a solutions-based approach. For example, I see a LOT of folks in the forums and lists who don't understand the role that the USBStor subkeys play in USB device analysis, so what I've done is take the more common analysis processes (that I see, based on questions asked in lists...) and I'm trying to provide solutions across all hives.
One of the things I face with writing chapters such as this one is that folks will say things like, "I want to know about blah...", and very often, there's already information out there on the subject. One great example is the Registry ShellBags...Chad Tilbury recently posted on this topic to the SANS Forensic Blog, so given that, I have wonder, "what do you want to know?" and "how much are you willing to support the effort to present/share that topic?" Now, by "support", I mean through such efforts as providing example hives, or just taking a few minutes to elaborate on your thoughts or questions.
6. Malware Detection - I have had a good number of "here's a hard drive that we think is infected with malware..." exams, and given that there are a number of folks out there who likely get similar cases (LE gets CP cases that evolve into the "Trojan Defense", etc.) I wanted to put together a good resource to help address this issue. This is not a malware analysis chapter...MHL et al did a fantastic job with this topic in the Malware Analyst's Cookbook, and I'm not about to try to parrot what they've done. Instead, this chapter addresses the topic of detecting malware within in acquired image, and I even provide a checklist of steps you can use.
Note: Many of the tools mentioned in the book are available online, and those items that are not specifically available now (the malware detection checklist, etc.) will be provided online, as well. I really don't like the idea of providing a DVD with the book, because there are simply too many issues with getting the materials to people who purchase only the ebook, or leave their DVD at home when they go to work...
7. Timeline Analysis - In this chapter, I not only present how to create a timeline, but I also discuss the concepts behind why we'd want to create a timeline, as well as some of the uses of timelines folks may not be too familiar with. I presented these concepts and use case scenarios during a course I taught recently, and they seemed to have been very well received.
8. Application Analysis - Another class of question I see a lot of in the lists has to do with application artifacts; when you think about it, there isn't too terribly much difference between some classes of dynamic malware analysis, and what you'd do to analyze an application for artifacts.
Now, there are some things that I don't cover in the book, in part because they're covered or addressed through other media or resources. One example is memory analysis...there are a number of resources already available that cover how to capture physical memory, as well as perform analysis of a Windows memory dump, using the freely available tools.
I wanted to provide something of a preview, because I do get a lot of those, "...does it cover...??" questions, most often from people at conferences, who are holding a copy of the book while they're asking the question. The simple fact is that no book can cover everything, and it's especially difficult when analysts don't communicate their needs or desires beforehand. I've done the best I can to collect up those sorts of things from lists, forums, as well as people I've talked to at conferences...but I know that the question is still going to come up, even after the book is printed.
One thing I would like to add is that, as with my other books, the focus is almost exclusively on free and open source tools to get the job done. Like I said earlier, many of the tools are already available online, and those other items I've developed and mentioned in the book will be posted to the web when the book goes final.
From the lists and forums, I see a lot of questions regarding Windows 7, specifically, "What has changed from Windows XP?" Truthfully, this is the WRONG question to ask, albeit a popular one. But if you really want to know, from an analyst perspective, WFA 3/e goes final (manuscript submitted) in October, so it should be available around the beginning of 2012.