Authors: Bradley Schatz, Ph.D. (Schatz Forensic)



Current approaches to the forensic acquisition are failing to scale to large devices and fast storage interfaces. The research described in this paper identifies limitations in current widely deployed forensic image formats which limit both the ability to acquire evidence at maximal rates and to undertake live analysis in today’s environment. Extensions to the AFF4 forensic file format are proposed which address these limitations. The proposals have been implemented and proof of concept demonstrated by demonstrating that non-linear partial images may be taken at rates that exceed current physical acquisition approaches, and by demonstrating linear acquisition at rates significantly exceeding current approaches: in the range of 400 MB/se500 MB/s (24e30 GB/min).