Friday, July 01, 2022

Distros and RegRipper, pt deux

Now and again I pop my head up and take a look around to see where RegRipper has been, and is being, used. My last blog post on this topic had quite a few listings, but sometimes changing the search terms reveals something new, or someone else has decided to use RegRipper since the last time I looked.

References to RegRipper go way back, almost as far as RegRipper itself (circa 2008):
SANS blog (2009)
SANS blog (2010)
SANS Infosec Handler's Diary blog (2012)
Kali Tools (RR v2.5)
SANS Blog, Mass Triage, pt 4 (2019)

The latest commercial forensics platform that I've found that employs RegRipper is Paraben E3. I recently took a look at the evaluation version, and found "" (RegRipper v3.0 with modifications) in the C:\Program Files\Paraben Corporation\Electronic Evidence Examiner\PerlSmartAnalyzer folder, along with the "plugins" subfolder.

You can see the Registry parsing in action and how it's incorporated into the platform at the Paraben YouTube Channel:
AppCompatCache parsing
Reviewing Data from AmCache

Reviewing the videos, there's something very familiar about the output illustrated on-screen. ;-)

Other Resources (that incorporate RegRipper)
YouTube video by Ric Messier
CAINE forensics video
PacktPub Subscription
LIFARS Whitepaper on Shellbags
Windows Registry Forensics, 1/e (PDF)
Paradigm Solutions blog
Jason Shaver's NPS thesis (2015)

That's just one more step toward world domination! This is where I tent my fingers and say "Excellent" like Mr. Burns!

PS: While I was looking around recently, I saw something I hadn't seen before...early in Jan, 2020, an issue with the Parse::Win32Registry module parsing 64-bit time stamps was identified. I'd updated the module code, recompiled the EXEs, and put them up on Github. 

I found recently that James, the author of the module, had updated it in Sept, 2020. That's great, but there are a few other tweaks I'd made to the code, one that allowed me to check to see if hives are 'dirty'. 

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