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Mac Marshal

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Mac Marshal
Maintainer: ATC-NY
OS: Mac OS X
Genre: Template:Macintosh forensics
License: Commercial (free to law enforcement)

Mac Marshal is a tool to analyze Mac OS X file system images. It scans a Macintosh disk image, automatically detects and displays Macintosh and Windows operating systems and virtual machine images, then runs a number of analysis tools on the image to extract Mac OS X-specific forensic evidence written by the OS and common applications.

Mac Marshal Forensic Edition runs on an investigator's Mac workstation to analyze a disk image.

Mac Marshal Field Edition runs on a Mac target machine from a USB drive. It extracts volatile system state data, including a snapshot of physical RAM.

Mac Marshal follows forensic best practices and maintains a detailed log file of all activities it performs. It produces reports in RTF, PDF, and HTML formats, and runs on Mac OS X-based analysis machines.

Version 1.0 was released in January 2009, available at no cost to US law enforcement, with a commercial version available to non-law enforcement. Version 2.0 was released in November 2010, adding live analysis in the Field Edition and the ability to take a snapshot of the target machine's physical RAM.


Mac Marshal was developed by ATC-NY, supported by a contract with the US National Institute of Justice (NIJ). The project was originally named MEGA.

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