Showing posts with label EnScript. Show all posts
Showing posts with label EnScript. Show all posts

EnCase and Python – Automating Windows Phone 8 Analysis

James Habben

Roll Call

You may have read my introductory post about using Python scripts with encase. You may have also read my part 2 follow-up, which put a GUI on top of Didier Stevens’ pdf-parser. Did you also read Kevin Breen’s post? He wrote about using EnScript to call out to David Kovar’s analyzemft script using EnScript. Then Chip wrote a post about sending data out to get parsed by parser-usnjrnl.

EnCase and Python – Part 2

James Habben

In Part 1 of this post, I shared a method that lets you use Python scripts by configuring a file viewer in EnCase. We used Didier Stevens’ pdf-parser as an example. I also showed how EnScript could be used to greater effect by allowing us to capture the output of pdf-parser directly in a bookmark without having to manually copy and paste. Both of these techniques reduce effort by leveraging capabilities of both EnCase and the Python language.

In this post, I’ll take the same principles and apply them into an EnScript that provides a little more flexibility and functionality. Our goal is to have a GUI that gives you control over the exact functionality you want from the pdf-parser tool.

EnCase and Python - Part 1

James Habben

As a co-author and instructor for Guidance Software’s EnScript Programming course, I spend a lot of time teaching investigators in person around the globe. Investigators are faced with a dizzying variety of challenges. We work together in class, coming up with solutions that send EnCase off to do our bidding. EnCase and EnScript allow us to “bottle” the result of our efforts to share with other investigators (e.g. categorizing internet history, detecting files hidden by rootkits).

Python is used similarly. The interweb hosts great tools written in Python to accomplish all measures of tasks facing DFIR examiners. The community benefits from the hours of work that go into each and every .py that gets baked. It seemed to me that there should be a way for EnCase and Python to work together, so I put together a brief tutorial.

POSIX Regular Expressions in EnScript and .NET

James Habben

I am sure you have spent a little intimate time with EnCase doing keyword searches, so you know that EnCase has basic GREP capabilities. This is a powerful feature that allows for searches to be performed with patterns that can eliminate false positive hits. Recently, we hosted a webinar with guest Suzanne Widup, describing some techniques and benefits of using GREP in EnCase.

GREP is a term that comes from the Unix world long ago. It stands for Globally search for Regular Expressions and Print. This command line utility was used to search through data and print out results that matched the given pattern. Because of the popularity of the tool, the name has become synonymous with Regular Expressions (Regex). Though there is a defined standard, POSIX, the syntax of patterns used in Regex actually varies quite wildly depending on the platform engine and programming language that is being used. EnCase is no exception. In homage to our habit of prefixing our product names with “En”, I jokingly refer to our syntax of regex as “EnGrep.”

Poweliks: Persistent Malware Living Only in the Registry? Impossible!

James Habben

The ultimate desire for malware authors is to be able to have their code run every time a computer starts, and leave no trace on the disk for us to find. Let me reassure you that it hasn’t happened just yet, at least not that I have seen. There have been plenty of examples over the years that have taken advantage of some clever techniques that disguise their disk-based homes, but that’s just it–disguise!

A couple of recent posts on “Poweliks” here and here shed light on creative measures attackers use to store malware in the Windows Registry. In short, there is a registry value that executes an encoded script stored in another registry value, which then drops a file on disk for execution.

So many artifacts, so little time… Summer edition

Ken Mizota

EnCase is an extensible digital investigation platform. Simply put, extensibility reduces time and effort for the investigator. One way to validate this claim for yourself is to take a look at the depth and breadth of the ways EnCase can work with existing tools in your kit. For example: Do you already own Magnet Forensic's IEF? IEF and EnCase work together to reduce work for investigators. Have you considered how to integrate threat intelligence into your DFIR regimen? EnCase and Cisco Security (formerly ThreatGRID) collaborate to reduce IR time and effort. Let’s walk through a few ways extensibility works in your favor.

Working with EnScript and .NET/C#

Ken Mizota

The ability to manipulate and interpret data structures within evidence has long been a strength of EnCase. EnScript—a core EnCase technology—has enabled investigators and incident responders to be efficient, automating the most sophisticated or mind-numbingly rote techniques. For instance, take Simon Key's (@SimonDCKey) recent post on the OS X Quick Look Thumbnail Cache: the ability to mine, extract and work with critical data for your case is available now. This app, courtesy of Guidance Software Training, just happens to be free, enabling the DFIR community to take advantage. If you need to keep pace with the perpetually accelerating gap between data and the investigator’s ability to understand that data, having extensible, flexible tools in your kit is not optional.

EnScript Changes From EnCase Version 6 to Version 7

You may know that Version 6 of EnCase keeps the majority of data in memory, which gives you fast access to the evidence items in a case, but is not conducive to handling large data sets. In addition, keeping most data in memory requires that records and entries be handled separately.

EnCase Version 7 behaves in a similar way to a database in that working through multiple evidence items is accomplished using an iterator. This makes for more stable processing and allows the EnScript programmer to handle both entries and records in a more streamlined way. It is possible, for instance, to iterate through all of the evidence items in a case (entries and e-mail attachments, for instance), quickly identifying those items that are pictures or documents.

Version 7 Tech Tip #1: Matching Parent E-Mails with Attachments in Searches

James Gagen

This is the first in a series of brief, but frequently asked questions and answers about working with EnCase® Enterprise Version 7. We hope they save you time and help you close cases faster.

One of the questions we are often asked in Technical Services about working with e-mail searches is, "When I find a relevant e-mail attachment, how can I find the e-mail that the attachment belongs to?" Searching in e-mail may result in keywords being found in both e-mails and attachments. This is how to locate the e-mail to which the attachment belongs:

EnCase App Central Delivers its 10,000th App

Guidance Software

EnCase App Central opened its virtual doors in early spring this year with the goal of providing functionality and efficiency to EnCase users by offering EnScripts, templates, and 3rd party Apps. After just a few months, driven by the power of the EnCase community and our 3rd party partners; App Central has become the primary source of efficiency-driving solutions for the tens of thousands of EnCase users worldwide.