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==log2timeline==
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log2timeline is designed as a framework for artifact timeline creation and analysis. The main purpose is to provide a single tool to parse various log files and artifacts found on suspect systems (and supporting systems, such as network equipment) and produce a body file that can be used to create a timeline, using tools such as mactime from TSK, for forensic investigators.
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The '''Property List (plist)''' format is widely used within [[Mac OS X]]. It is used to store various kinds of information, e.g. configuration.
  
The tool is written in Perl for Linux but has been tested using Mac OS X (10.5.7 and 10.5.8). Parts of it should work natively in Windows as well (with ActiveState Perl installed).
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There are multiple format variations of plists:
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* Binary plist
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* XML plist
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* JSON plist
  
==Description==
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== External Links ==
log2timeline takes a log file (or a directory) and parses it to produce a body file that can be imported into other tools for timeline analysis. The tool has both a modular based approach to the input file as well as the output file. The default behavior of the current version is to export the timeline in a body format readable by TSK's (The SleuthKit) [http://wiki.sleuthkit.org/index.php?title=Body_file mactime] (although this can be easily changed). log2timeline is build as a series of scripts, this one being the front-end, which uses other scripts to actually parse the log files (called modules). The tool is build to be easily extended for anyone that wants to create a new module.
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The tool contains (current version of 0.51 nightly build (20102608)) three front-ends:
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* [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Property_list Wikipedia article on Property list]
* '''log2timeline''' - The main front-end.  A tool capable of parsing a single log file/directory pointed to the tool using a selected input module.
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* [http://opensource.apple.com/source/CF/CF-550/CFBinaryPList.c CFBinaryPList.c] by Apple
* '''timescanner''' - A recursive front-end capable of parsing a directory passed to the tool and recursively go through each and every file/dir and try to parse it with every or selected input modules (to provide an automatic method of creating a super timeline).
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* [http://explanatorygap.net/2009/10/30/apple-have-documented-the-binary-plist-format/ Apple have documented the binary plist format]
* '''glog2timeline''' - A simple GUI front-end, with similar capabilities as log2timeline (the main front-end)
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* [http://digitalinvestigation.wordpress.com/2012/03/08/free-python-module/ Python Module for dealing with Binary Property Lists (bplists)] Documentation
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* [http://www.ccl-forensics.com/images/property%20lists%20in%20digital%20forensics%20new.pdf Property Lists in Digital Forensics], by Alex Caithness, 2010
  
==Currently Supported Input Modules==
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== Tools ==
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* [https://github.com/JonathanBeck/libplist libplist]
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* [http://scw.us/iPhone/plutil/ plutil.pl]
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* [http://code.google.com/p/ccl-bplist/ Python Module for dealing with Binary Property Lists (bplists)]
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* [http://code.google.com/p/munki/ munki - Managed software installation for OS X] comes with code to handle binary plists
  
The currently supported input modules (as of version 0.51 nightly build (20102608)) are:
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[[Category:File Formats]]
 
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* '''apache2_access''' - Parse the content of a Apache2 access log file
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* '''apache2_error''' - Parse the content of a Apache2 error log file
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* '''chrome''' - Parse the content of a Chrome history file
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* '''evt''' - Parse the content of a Windows 2k/XP/2k3 Event Log
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* '''evtx''' - Parse the content of a Windows Event Log File (EVTX)
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* '''exif''' - Extract metadata information from files using ExifTool
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* '''ff_bookmark''' - Parse the content of a Firefox bookmark file
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* '''firefox2''' - Parse the content of a Firefox 2 browser history
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* '''firefox3''' - Parse the content of a Firefox 3 history file
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* '''iehistory''' - Parse the content of an index.dat file containg IE history
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* '''iis''' - Parse the content of a IIS W3C log file
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* '''isatxt''' - Parse the content of a ISA text export log file
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* '''mactime''' - Parse the content of a body file in the mactime format
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* '''mcafee''' - Parse the content of a log file
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* '''opera''' - Parse the content of an Opera's global history file
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* '''oxml''' - Parse the content of an OpenXML document (Office 2007 documents)
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* '''pcap''' - Parse the content of a PCAP file
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* '''pdf''' - Parse some of the available PDF document metadata
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* '''prefetch''' - Parse the content of the Prefetch directory
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* '''recycler''' - Parse the content of the recycle bin directory
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* '''restore''' - Parse the content of the restore point directory
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* '''setupapi''' - Parse the content of the SetupAPI log file in Windows XP
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* '''sol''' - Parse the content of a .sol (LSO) or a Flash cookie file
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* '''squid''' - Parse the content of a Squid access log (http_emulate off)
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* '''syslog''' - Parse the content of a Linux Syslog log file
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* '''tln''' - Parse the content of a body file in the TLN format
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* '''userassist''' - Parses the NTUSER.DAT registry file
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* '''volatility''' - Parse the content of a Volatility output files (psscan2, sockscan2, ...)
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* '''win_link''' - Parse the content of a Windows shortcut file (or a link file)
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* '''wmiprov''' - Parse the content of the wmiprov log file
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* '''xpfirewall''' - Parse the content of a XP Firewall log
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==Links==
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; [http://log2timeline.net log2timeline web site]
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; [http://www.sans.org/reading_room/whitepapers/logging/mastering-super-timeline-log2timeline_33438 SANS GCFA Gold paper about the tool]
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; [http://blogs.sans.org/computer-forensics/2010/03/19/digital-forensic-sifting-super-timeline-analysis-and-creation/ A quick run on how to create a super timeline]
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; [http://blog.kiddaland.net/2009/08/log2timeline-artifact-timeline-analysis-part-i/ A blog post introducing the tool]
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; [https://blogs.sans.org/computer-forensics/2009/08/13/artifact-timeline-creation-and-analysis-tool-release-log2timeline/ Part 1 of the SANS Forensic blog post about the tool]
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; [https://blogs.sans.org/computer-forensics/2009/08/14/artifact-timeline-creation-and-analysis-part-2/ Part 2 of the SANS forensic blog post about the tool]
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The Property List (plist) format is widely used within Mac OS X. It is used to store various kinds of information, e.g. configuration.

There are multiple format variations of plists:

  • Binary plist
  • XML plist
  • JSON plist

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