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Snapshot Filtering Based On Resource-Usage Profiles


Live forensic tools provide investigators with new sources of information. Unfortunately, the amount of data gathered by such tools can be overwhelming, with a low signal-to-noise ratio. The authors use an innovative method of monitoring the resource use of running processes to build a profile of the application.s normal resource use, which they then exploit to filter out extraneous, forensically uninteresting data from a list of open file handles and dynamically loaded libraries attached to a process. Preliminary results show a dramatic reduction in the number of file and registry handles and DLLs, greatly reducing the forensic haystack, allowing the investigator to more easily spot the needles.

Keywords: live forensics, filtering, DLLs, open handles, normal resource usage, profiling

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