|−|Cell phones are an emerging but rapidly growing area of |+|
are . , are , not .
|−|computer forensics. While cell phones are becoming |+|
|−|more like desktop computers functionally, their |+|
|−|organization and operation are quite different in certain |+|
|−|areas. For example, most cell phones do not contain a |+|
|−|hard drive and rely instead on flash memory for persistent |+|
|−|storage. Cell phones are also designed more as specialpurpose |+|
|−|appliances that perform a set of predefined tasks |+|
|−|using proprietary embedded software, rather than |+|
|−|general-purpose extensible systems that run common |+|
|−|operating system software. Such differences make the |+|
|−|application of classical computer forensic techniques |+|
|−|difficult. Also complicating the situation is the state of the |+|
|−|art of present day cell phone forensic tools themselves |+|
|−|and the way in which tools are applied. This paper |+|
|−|identifies factors that impede cell phone forensics and |+|
|−|describes techniques to address two resulting problems in |+|
|−|particular: the limited coverage of available phone |+|
|−|models by forensic tools, and the inadequate means for |+|
|−|validating the correct functioning of forensic tools. |+|
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ACLs are Access Control Lists. These might be useful for some forensic analysis, but these days most forensic investigations are concerned with data, not metadata.
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