Forensic analysis of the Windows registry in memory

Brendan Dolan-Gavitt

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    Abstract

    This paper describes the structure of the Windows registry as it is stored in physical memory. We present tools and techniques that can be used to extract this data directly from memory dumps. We also provide guidelines to aid investigators and experimentally demonstrate the value of our techniques. Finally, we describe a compelling attack that modifies the cached version of the registry without altering the on-disk version. While this attack would be undetectable with conventional on-disk registry analysis techniques, we demonstrate that such malicious modifications are easily detectable by examining memory.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)S26-S32
    JournalDigital Investigation
    Volume5
    Issue numberSUPPL.
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Sep 2008

    Keywords

    • Cached data
    • Digital forensics
    • Microsoft Windows
    • Registry
    • Volatile memory

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
    • Information Systems
    • Computer Science Applications
    • Medical Laboratory Technology
    • Law

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