Experimental Evaluation of Disk Sector Hash Comparison for Forensic Triage using a Bloom Filter

Buchanan, W., Macfarlane, R., Clayton, J. (2013). Experimental Evaluation of Disk Sector Hash Comparison for Forensic Triage using a Bloom Filter. In: (Ed.) CyberForensics 2013, , () ( ed.). (pp. ). : . .


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Abstract

There is a problem in the world of digital forensics. The demands on digital forensic investigators and resources will continue to increase as the use of computers and other electronic devices increases, and as the storage capacity of these devices increases. The digital forensic process
requires that evidence be identified and examined, and resources to do this are constrained. This is creating a backlog of work as seized media and devices wait to be analysed, and some investigations or checks 'in the field' may be reduced or discarded as impractical. There is a technique which can be used to help quickly to collect and examine data to see if it is of interest. This technique combines statistical sampling and hashes as described by Garfinkel et al (2010). This tool can use a Bloom filter to match the hashes from disk sectors against the stored hashes for a file which is being searched for. The tool was successfully implemented and the Bloom filter false positive rate was as predicted by theory (Roussev, Chen, Bourg, & Richard, 2006) which confirmed that the Bloom filter had been correctly implemented. This tool was written in Python which proved a simple to use programming language. This prototype tool can provide the basis for further work on a practical tool for use in real world digital forensics investigation.
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Authors

William Buchanan
Director of CDCS
w.buchanan@napier.ac.uk
+44 131 455 2759
Richard Macfarlane
Lecturer
r.macfarlane@napier.ac.uk
+44 131 455 2335

Areas of Expertise

Cyber-Security
Electronic information now plays a vital role in almost every aspect of our daily lives. So the need for a secure and trustworthy online infrastructure is more important than ever. without it, not only the growth of the internet but our personal interactions and the economy itself could be at risk.

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