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Learning Android Forensics

By : Rohit Tamma, Donnie Tindall
Book Image

Learning Android Forensics

By: Rohit Tamma, Donnie Tindall

Overview of this book

Table of Contents (15 chapters)
Learning Android Forensics
Credits
About the Authors
About the Reviewers
www.PacktPub.com
Preface
Index

Android file hierarchy


In order to perform forensic analysis on any system (desktop or mobile), it's important to understand the underlying file hierarchy. A basic understanding of how Android organizes its data in files and folders helps a forensic analyst narrow down his research to specific locations. If you are familiar with Unix-like systems, you will understand the file hierarchy in Android very well. In Linux, the file hierarchy is a single tree, with the top of the tree being denoted as /. This is called the root. This is different from the concept of organizing files in drives (as with Windows). Whether the filesystem is local or remote, it will be present under the root. Android file hierarchy is a customized version of this existing Linux hierarchy. Based on the device manufacturer and the underlying Linux version, the structure of this hierarchy may have a few insignificant changes. To see the complete file hierarchy, you need to have root access. The following screenshot shows...