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Mastering Mobile Forensics

By : Soufiane Tahiri
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Mastering Mobile Forensics

By: Soufiane Tahiri

Overview of this book

Mobile forensics presents a real challenge to the forensic community due to the fast and unstoppable changes in technology. This book aims to provide the forensic community an in-depth insight into mobile forensic techniques when it comes to deal with recent smartphones operating systems Starting with a brief overview of forensic strategies and investigation procedures, you will understand the concepts of file carving, GPS analysis, and string analyzing. You will also see the difference between encryption, encoding, and hashing methods and get to grips with the fundamentals of reverse code engineering. Next, the book will walk you through the iOS, Android and Windows Phone architectures and filesystem, followed by showing you various forensic approaches and data gathering techniques. You will also explore advanced forensic techniques and find out how to deal with third-applications using case studies. The book will help you master data acquisition on Windows Phone 8. By the end of this book, you will be acquainted with best practices and the different models used in mobile forensics.
Table of Contents (14 chapters)
Mastering Mobile Forensics
About the Author
About the Reviewer
Preparing a Mobile Forensic Workstation

Identifying stored data

All iDevices use a type of non-volatile memory chip using NOT AND gates called NAND memory, this memory in iDevices is divided into two partitions: system and data. As suggested by their respective names, the system partition holds the firmware including the operating system and built-in applications and in general it's a read-only partition. Depending on models, this partition can range anywhere from 1 to 2.5 GB. In general this partition does not hold any forensically interesting evidence; however, it's important to note that the /private/etc/passwd path holds the preconfigured user's "mobile" and "root" passwords, as shown in following screenshot:

System partition of iOS 9.0

If you open the file with a text editor you should get the following:

Default password of users root and mobile


The plaintext password is alpine and is the same in all iDevices. This password cannot be modified unless the device is jailbroken.

Data partition holds user's installed applications...