Saturday, December 28, 2013

Quick Post

At the end of this past summer and into the fall, I was working on the print matter for Windows Forensic Analysis 4/e, and I'm in the process now of getting extra, downloadable materials (I decided a while back to forego the included DVD...) compiled and ready to post.  During the entire process, and while conducting my own exams, I have updated a number of aspects of RegRipper...some of the code to RegRipper itself has been updated, and I've written or updated a number of plugins.  Some recent blogs that have been posted have really provided some information that have led to updates, or at least to a better understanding of the artifacts themselves (how they're created or modified, etc.).

I figured that it'll be time soon for an update to RegRipper.  To that end, Brett has graciously provided me access to the Wordpress dashboard for the RegRipper blog, so this will be THE OFFICIAL SITE for all things RegRipper.

Now, I know that not everyone who uses RegRipper is entirely familiar with the tool, how to use it, and what really constitutes "Registry analysis".  My intention is to have this site become the clearing house for all information related to RegRipper, from information about how to best use the tool to new or updated plugins.

I think that one of the biggest misconceptions about RegRipper is that it does everything right out of the box.  What people believe RegRipper does NOT do has been a topic of discussion, to my knowledge, since a presentation at the SANS Forensic Summit in the summer of 2012.  Unfortunately, in most cases, folks have used presentations and social media to state what they think RegRipper does not do, rather than ask how to get it do those things.  Corey has done a fantastic job of getting RegRipper to do things that he's needed done.  From the beginning, RegRipper was intended to be community-based, meaning that if someone needed a plugin created or modified, they could go to one resource with the request and some sample data for testing, and that's it.  That model has worked pretty well, when it's been used.  For example, Corey posted a great article discussing PCA, Yogesh posted about another aspect of that topic (specifically, the AmCache.hve file), and Mari shared some data with me so that I could get a better, more thorough view of how the data is maintained in the file.  Now, there's a RegRipper plugin that parses this file.  The same thing is true with shellbags...thanks to the data Dan provided along with his blog post, there have been updates to the plugin.

So, expect to see posts to the RegRipper site in 2014, particularly as I begin working on the updates to Windows Registry Forensics.

USB Devices
Speaking of the Registry...

Thanks to David, I saw that Nicole recently posted some more testing results, this time with respect to USB device first insertion.  She also has a post up regarding directory transversal artifacts for those devices; that's right, another shellbag artifact post!  Add this one to Dan's recent comprehensive post regarding the same artifacts, and you've got quite a bit of fascinating information between those two posts!

Reading through the posts, Nicole's blog is definitely one that you want to add to your blogroll.

Yogesh posted to his blog recently on USB Registry artifacts on Windows 8, specifically with respect to some Registry values that are new specifically to Windows 8.   

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