Expect the TOC to change with new (ie, better) ideas and suggestions. Do you have an idea for the book? What you would like to see us cover? Or maybe you have an X-Tension script you would like us to add in the book? Or maybe you created a new way to use XWF for a process that you’d like to share and be credited for? How do you use XWF with your other tools?
Send it and we’ll consider it for the new edition!
A short note on Syngress..
I’ve received several dozen emails from XWF users asking for a second edition, and through this time, have been asking Syngress (who owned the rights of the book) for an updated edition for years. Each time, the Syngress response had been “maybe later” or something to that effect.
Apparently during these past few years, Syngress had been working to change their business model, which meant no new DFIR books and no new editions of current books. You should not expect any more forensic books being published through Syngress. I don’t know the details other than new DFIR books through Syngress won’t happen. I have enjoyed having my books published through Syngress, but like anything, things change.
Download link to version 3.6.2.d https://www.dropbox.com/s/zewn7myskf…6.2.d.zip?dl=0
This update changes the way the video stills are treated when extracting movies.
-now video stills are extracted if the parent movie is extracted, regardless of whehter
the video still has been type verified.
That is for version 3.6.2.d that fixes a few issues with C4All not handling some characters.
-New Version that handles many duplicates and many unsorted more efficiently posted.
Update October 19 2014
download link to version 3.6.2.c http://1drv.ms/1prWU2h
-Fixed issue with extended character support of UTF-16 in XML. should show all but those 0xD800 – 0xDFFF characters.
-Adds the functions of 3.5.12.k as well as option to create a Picture/video library based on MD5 hash value as name and the option to include not confirmed files when extracting pictures and movies. (before the file had to have a type status of Confirmed or newly identified. see post from 27 September in this thread for more details)
option to include or not include metadata in XML
-The option to run against multiple evidence objects and better naming of folders in c4all folder tree.
-CETS users have toggle to create a CETS XML or not.
New version of X-Tension
-adds the functionality to create a picture/video library.
-adds the ability to extract pictures or movies that are type status of ‘not confirmed’
(this was added as there are so many variations of avi formats, that even some valid working movies were not ‘confirmed’)
If the user does not want these files, they can be filtered out and the X-Tension run excluding filtered or excluded files
For use with CETS:
1. This will provide a generic “CETS Media Manifest.xml” file
2. This generic file will not include the digital signature InvestigationID, ManifestID, or CategorizationID. However, the CategorizationID can be added manually.
3. With the CETS Media Uploader you can “re-sign” the manifest file if you use “adminmode” of the CETS Media Uploader.
To enter into Admin Mode:
1. Right Click on “CETSMediaUploader.exe”
2. Select: Sent To, Desktop (create shortcut)
3. Locate the shortcut on your desktop
4. Right Click on the shortcut and select : Properties
5. In the Target Field append to the end of the line(after the closing “): -adminmode
6. Double click the edited Short Cut
When you launch the CETS Media Uploader in Admin Mode you will a new button to “Sign Manifest” file.
Clicking on the button will bring up a dialogue window to manually select a user and the related investigation.
Keep in mind, that you must manually cut and paste your Categorization settings into the XML file.
Canadian Police Centre for
Missing and Exploited Children.
BlockHasher helps you creating Block-HashSets for X-Ways Forensics
– Select Directory, directory-mode is atomatically activated
– Click ‘with sub-folders’ if you need recursive hashing
– Alternatively select some files, file-mode is atomatically activated
– you can switch everytime between both modes
– Choose your Entropy
– If you need to find a part of a single file use ‘one input – one output’ mode
– If you need to find a part of a bulk of files use ‘all in one’ mode
– Add ‘MD5’-Header is necessary for X-Ways Forensics
Start hashing now. A Logfile ist automatically generated.
BlockHasher is Freeware.
If you need source send mail to email@example.com
A program to manipulate your Hash sets from X-Ways.
It will allow you to Add hashes, Remove hashes, Compare hashes and remove the duplicates, create hash set of excluded files, and be in the proper format to quickly import to X-Ways.
This will allow users to maintain their hash sets and create small diff files if needed to distribute when hashes are added/removed from database.
It works on the basis of add or removing records, indicating duplicates and also the ‘-‘ prefix implemented in X-ways. files with ‘-‘ prefix can be anywhere in set, not at the beginning.
Thanks to X-Tension author Steve Frawley (who is also the author of the C4All X-Tension) and thanks to beta tester Derek Frawley.
I’m sure there are a few more people left to register for the X-Ways Forensics online course (XWF I) with the discount code of “xwf1”. That’s 25% off, plus includes free tuition to the X-Ways Forensics II online course. XWF I is introductory, XWF II is more indepth, quite a bit longer, and will be released in August. XWF III, a shorter course will be released sometime after August.
Everyone registering by midnight tonight (Pacific time) for XWF I, gets access to XWF II and XWF III when published without cost. Otherwise, it’s a separate tuition payment for each course. From July 18, the XWF I is back to $195, XWF II will be $299, and XWF III will be $75. Each class is lifetime access, on demand training, including updates to the courses when XWF is substantially updated (should be a course update once a year).
The X-Ways Forensics Practitioner’s Guide won the Best Digital Forensics Book of the Year award at the DFIR Summit 2014 in Austin, Texas. I’d like to thank everyone who voted for the XWF Guide and hope the book has helped you in your work.