The Sleuth Kit
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|Original author(s)||Brian Carrier|
4.7.0 / October 14, 2019
|Written in||C, Perl|
|Operating system||Unix-like, Windows|
|License||IPL, CPL, GPL|
The Sleuth Kit (TSK) is a library and collection of Unix- and Windows-based utilities to facilitate the forensic analysis of computer systems. It was written and is maintained primarily by digital investigator Brian Carrier.
The Sleuth Kit is capable of parsing NTFS, FAT/ExFAT, UFS 1/2, Ext2, Ext3, Ext4, HFS, ISO 9660 and YAFFS2 file systems either separately or within disk images stored in raw (dd), Expert Witness or AFF formats. The Sleuth Kit can be used to examine most Microsoft Windows, most Apple Macintosh OSX, many Linux and some other UNIX computers.
The Sleuth Kit can be used:
- Via the included command line tools; or
- As a library embedded within a separate digital forensic tool such as Autopsy or log2timeline/plaso.
Some of the tools included in The Sleuth Kit include:
- ils lists all metadata entries, such as an Inode.
- blkls displays data blocks within a file system (formerly called dls).
- fls lists allocated and unallocated file names within a file system.
- fsstat displays file system statistical information about an image or storage medium.
- ffind searches for file names that point to a specified metadata entry.
- mactime creates a timeline of all files based upon their MAC times.
- disk_stat (currently Linux-only) discovers the existence of a Host Protected Area.
- Autopsy (software) — A graphical user interface to The Sleuth Kit.
- CAINE Linux − Includes The Sleuth Kit
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