Encase hash files
The EnCase forensics suite uses a proprietary file format to store sets of known hashes called the EnCase hash file format. The format stores a set of MD5 hashes and metadata about the set as a whole. That is, individual hashes do not contain any information specific to them, but the set as a whole can contain some information. In particular, the filename corresponding to each hash is not stored.
Version 3 of EnCase used a slightly different format than versions 4 and 5. Both versions start with the header, in hexadecimal:
48 41 53 48 0d 0a ff 00
In ASCII, this looks like HASH followed by a newline.
The hashes begin at offset 0x480 in the file.
A quick look at a hash file created by Encase 22.214.171.124 revealed the following structure (to be verified):
A header that consists of the following 16 bytes:
48 41 53 48 0D 0A FF 00 02 00 00 00 01 00 00 00
Count: The number of MD5 sums contained in this file, written as a 4 byte integer in Intel litle endian format (i.e. least significant byte first).
The range from 0x0014 to 0x0457 is filled by zero-bytes. The purpose of this area is unknown.
Category: The text that Encase shows in its column "category". The maximum string length is 19 characters. Each character is written as a 2-byte-Unicode-number. Examples:The latin letter A is represented by the 2 bytes
41 00The cyrillic letter Д is represented by the 2 bytes
Again, Intel little endian format is used. The unused space is filled up by zero-bytes.
Start of the hash entries. Each entry occupies 18 bytes: The hash value itself (16 bytes) followed by 2 zero-bytes. The next entry follows immediately.
The file ends with the last hash entry.