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Google Chrome is a [[Web Browser|web browser]] developed by Google Inc.
  
== Image types ==
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== Configuration ==
There are multiple types of VMWare Virtual Disk Format (VMDK) data files:
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The Google Chrome configuration can be found in the '''Preferences''' file.
* '''2GbMaxExtentFlat''' (or '''twoGbMaxExtentFlat'''); descriptor file (name.vmdk) with RAW data extent files (name-f###.vmdk). This image type is basically a [[Raw Image Format|split RAW image]].
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* '''2GbMaxExtentSparse''' (or '''twoGbMaxExtentSparse'''); descriptor file (name.vmdk) with VMDK sparse data extent files (name-s###.vmdk)
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* '''monolithicSparse'''; VMDK sparse data extent file (name.vmdk) which contains the descriptor file data.
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== Descriptor file ==
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On Linux
The descriptor file defines how and where the data of the VMDK image is stored. The data is stored in extent data files.
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<pre>
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/home/$USER/.config/google-chrome/Default/Preferences
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</pre>
  
== Extent file types ==
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On MacOS-X
There are multiple types extent files:
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* RAW extent data file or device
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/Users/$USER/Library/Application Support/Google/Chrome/Default/Preferences
* VMDK sparse extent data file
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</pre>
* COWD sparse extent data file
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On Windows XP
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<pre>
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C:\Documents and Settings\%USERNAME%\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Preferences
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</pre>
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On Windows Vista and later
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<pre>
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C:\Users\%USERNAME%\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Preferences
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</pre>
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Or for '''Chromium'''
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On Linux
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<pre>
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/home/$USER/.config/chromium/Default/Preferences
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</pre>
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On MacOS-X
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<pre>
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/Users/$USER/Library/Application Support/Chromium/Default/Preferences
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</pre>
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On Windows XP
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<pre>
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C:\Documents and Settings\%USERNAME%\Local Settings\Application Data\Chromium\User Data\Default\Preferences
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</pre>
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On Windows Vista and later
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<pre>
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C:\Users\%USERNAME%\AppData\Local\Chromium\User Data\Default\Preferences
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</pre>
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=== Plugins ===
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Information about plugins can be found under the "plugins section" of the Preferences file.
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=== DNS Prefetching ===
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DNS is prefetched for related sites, e.g. links on the page.
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This behavior is controlled by the setting "Predict network actions to improve page load performance", which is enabled by default.
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If enabled the Preferences file contains:
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<pre>
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  "dns_prefetching": {
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      "enabled": true,
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</pre>
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If disabled the Preferences file contains:
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<pre>
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  "dns_prefetching": {
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      "enabled": false,
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</pre>
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== Start-up DNS queries ==
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When Chrome starts it queries for several non-existing hostnames that consists of a 10 random characters, E.g.
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<pre>
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ttrgoiknff.mydomain.com
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bxjhgftsyu.mydomain.com
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yokjbjiagd.mydomain.com
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</pre>
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This is used to determine if your ISP is hijacking NXDOMAIN results [http://www.google.com/support/forum/p/Chrome/thread?tid=3511015c72a7b314&hl=en].
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== Disk Cache ==
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Google Chrome uses multiple caches, from [http://src.chromium.org/viewvc/chrome/trunk/src/net/base/cache_type.h?view=markup]:
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// The types of caches that can be created.
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enum CacheType {
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    DISK_CACHE,  // Disk is used as the backing storage.
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    MEMORY_CACHE,  // Data is stored only in memory.
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    MEDIA_CACHE,  // Optimized to handle media files.
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    APP_CACHE,  // Backing store for an AppCache.
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    SHADER_CACHE, // Backing store for the GL shader cache.
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    PNACL_CACHE, // Backing store the PNaCl translation cache
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};
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</pre>
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The Google Chrome disk cache can be found in:
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On Linux
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<pre>
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/home/$USER/.cache/chromium/Default/Cache/
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/home/$USER/.cache/google-chrome/Default/Cache/
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/home/$USER/.config/chromium/Default/Cache/
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/home/$USER/.config/google-chrome/Default/Cache/
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</pre>
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<pre>
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/home/$USER/.cache/chromium/Default/Media Cache/
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/home/$USER/.cache/google-chrome/Default/Media Cache/
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/home/$USER/.config/chromium/Default/Media Cache/
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/home/$USER/.config/google-chrome/Default/Media Cache/
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</pre>
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<pre>
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/home/$USER/.config/chromium/Default/Application Cache/Cache/
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/home/$USER/.config/google-chrome/Default/Application Cache/Cache/
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</pre>
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<pre>
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/home/$USER/.config/chromium/Default/GPUCache/
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/home/$USER/.config/google-chrome/Default/GPUCache/
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</pre>
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<pre>
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/home/$USER/.cache/chromium/PnaclTranslationCache/
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/home/$USER/.cache/google-chrome/PnaclTranslationCache/
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</pre>
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On MacOS-X
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<pre>
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/Users/$USER/Caches/Chromium/Default/Cache/
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/Users/$USER/Caches/Google/Chrome/Default/Cache/
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</pre>
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On Windows XP
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<pre>
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C:\Documents and Settings\%USERNAME%\Local Settings\Application Data\Chromium\User Data\Cache\
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C:\Documents and Settings\%USERNAME%\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Chrome\User Data\Cache\
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</pre>
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On Windows Vista and later
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<pre>
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C:\Users\%USERNAME%\AppData\Local\Google\Chromium\Default\Cache\
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C:\Users\%USERNAME%\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Cache\
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</pre>
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The Chrome Cache contains different files with the following file names:
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* index
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* data_#; where # contains a decimal digit.
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* f_######; where # contains a hexadecimal digit.
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For more info see Chrome developers site [http://www.chromium.org/developers/design-documents/network-stack/disk-cache].
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== History ==
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Chrome stores the history of visited sites in a file named '''History'''. This file uses the [[SQLite database format]].
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The '''History''' file can be found in same location as the '''Preferences''' file.
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There is also '''Archived History''' that predates information in the '''History''' file.
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Note that the '''Archived History''' only contains visits.
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=== Timestamps ===
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The '''History''' file uses the different timestamps.
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==== visits.visit_time ====
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The '''visits.visit_time''' is in (the number of) microseconds since January 1, 1601 UTC
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Some Python code to do the conversion into human readable format:
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<pre>
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date_string = datetime.datetime( 1601, 1, 1 )
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            + datetime.timedelta( microseconds=timestamp )
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</pre>
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Note that this timestamp is not the same as a Windows filetime which is (the number of) 100 nanoseconds since January 1, 1601 UTC
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==== downloads.start_time ====
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The '''downloads.start_time''' is in (the number of) seconds since January 1, 1970 UTC
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Some Python code to do the conversion into human readable format:
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<pre>
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date_string = datetime.datetime( 1970, 1, 1 )
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            + datetime.timedelta( seconds=timestamp )
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</pre>
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=== Example queries ===
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Some example queries:
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To get an overview of the visited sites:
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<pre>
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SELECT datetime(((visits.visit_time/1000000)-11644473600), "unixepoch"), urls.url, urls.title FROM urls, visits WHERE urls.id = visits.url;
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</pre>
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Note that the visit_time conversion looses precision.
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To get an overview of the downloaded files:
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<pre>
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SELECT datetime(downloads.start_time, "unixepoch"), downloads.url, downloads.full_path, downloads.received_bytes, downloads.total_bytes FROM downloads;
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</pre>
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How the information of the downloaded files is stored in the database can vary per version of Chrome as of version 26:
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<pre>
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SELECT datetime(((downloads.start_time/1000000)-11644473600), "unixepoch"), downloads.target_path, downloads_url_chains.url, downloads.received_bytes, downloads.total_bytes \
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FROM downloads, downloads_url_chains WHERE downloads.id = downloads_url_chains.id;
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</pre>
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== See Also ==
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* [[SQLite database format]]
  
 
== External Links ==
 
== External Links ==
* [http://www.vmware.com/support/developer/vddk/vmdk_50_technote.pdf?src=vmdk Virtual Disk Format 5.0], by [[VMWare]]
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* [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Google_Chrome Wikipedia article on Google Chrome]
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* [http://www.chromium.org/user-experience/user-data-directory The Chromium Projects - User Data Directory]
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* [http://www.chromium.org/developers/design-documents/network-stack/disk-cache Chrome Disk Cache]
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* [http://www.google.com/support/forum/p/Chrome/thread?tid=3511015c72a7b314&hl=en Chrome support forum article random 10 character hostnames on startup]
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* [http://www.useragentstring.com/pages/Chrome/ Chrome User Agent strings]
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* [http://computer-forensics.sans.org/blog/2010/01/21/google-chrome-forensics/ Google Chrome Forensics] by [[Kristinn Guðjónsson]], January 21, 2010
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* [http://linuxsleuthing.blogspot.ch/2013/02/cashing-in-on-google-chrome-cache.html?m=1 Cashing in on the Google Chrome Cache], [[John Lehr]], February 24, 2013
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* [http://www.obsidianforensics.com/blog/history-index-files-removed-from-chrome/ History Index files removed from Chrome v30], by Ryan Benson, October 2, 2013
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* [https://hindsight-internet-history.googlecode.com/files/Evolution_of_Chrome_Databases.png Evolution of Chrome Databases], by Ryan Benson, November 12, 2013
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== Tools ==
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=== Open Source ===
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* [https://code.google.com/p/hindsight-internet-history/ hindsight-internet-history]
  
[[Category:File Formats]]
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[[Category:Applications]]
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[[Category:Web Browsers]]

Revision as of 03:50, 30 April 2014

Google Chrome is a web browser developed by Google Inc.

Configuration

The Google Chrome configuration can be found in the Preferences file.

On Linux

/home/$USER/.config/google-chrome/Default/Preferences

On MacOS-X

/Users/$USER/Library/Application Support/Google/Chrome/Default/Preferences

On Windows XP

C:\Documents and Settings\%USERNAME%\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Preferences

On Windows Vista and later

C:\Users\%USERNAME%\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Preferences

Or for Chromium

On Linux

/home/$USER/.config/chromium/Default/Preferences

On MacOS-X

/Users/$USER/Library/Application Support/Chromium/Default/Preferences

On Windows XP

C:\Documents and Settings\%USERNAME%\Local Settings\Application Data\Chromium\User Data\Default\Preferences

On Windows Vista and later

C:\Users\%USERNAME%\AppData\Local\Chromium\User Data\Default\Preferences

Plugins

Information about plugins can be found under the "plugins section" of the Preferences file.

DNS Prefetching

DNS is prefetched for related sites, e.g. links on the page. This behavior is controlled by the setting "Predict network actions to improve page load performance", which is enabled by default.

If enabled the Preferences file contains:

   "dns_prefetching": {
      "enabled": true,

If disabled the Preferences file contains:

   "dns_prefetching": {
      "enabled": false,

Start-up DNS queries

When Chrome starts it queries for several non-existing hostnames that consists of a 10 random characters, E.g.

ttrgoiknff.mydomain.com
bxjhgftsyu.mydomain.com
yokjbjiagd.mydomain.com

This is used to determine if your ISP is hijacking NXDOMAIN results [1].

Disk Cache

Google Chrome uses multiple caches, from [2]:

// The types of caches that can be created.
enum CacheType {
    DISK_CACHE,  // Disk is used as the backing storage.
    MEMORY_CACHE,  // Data is stored only in memory.
    MEDIA_CACHE,  // Optimized to handle media files.
    APP_CACHE,  // Backing store for an AppCache.
    SHADER_CACHE, // Backing store for the GL shader cache.
    PNACL_CACHE, // Backing store the PNaCl translation cache
};

The Google Chrome disk cache can be found in:

On Linux

/home/$USER/.cache/chromium/Default/Cache/
/home/$USER/.cache/google-chrome/Default/Cache/
/home/$USER/.config/chromium/Default/Cache/
/home/$USER/.config/google-chrome/Default/Cache/
/home/$USER/.cache/chromium/Default/Media Cache/
/home/$USER/.cache/google-chrome/Default/Media Cache/
/home/$USER/.config/chromium/Default/Media Cache/
/home/$USER/.config/google-chrome/Default/Media Cache/
/home/$USER/.config/chromium/Default/Application Cache/Cache/
/home/$USER/.config/google-chrome/Default/Application Cache/Cache/
/home/$USER/.config/chromium/Default/GPUCache/
/home/$USER/.config/google-chrome/Default/GPUCache/
/home/$USER/.cache/chromium/PnaclTranslationCache/
/home/$USER/.cache/google-chrome/PnaclTranslationCache/

On MacOS-X

/Users/$USER/Caches/Chromium/Default/Cache/
/Users/$USER/Caches/Google/Chrome/Default/Cache/

On Windows XP

C:\Documents and Settings\%USERNAME%\Local Settings\Application Data\Chromium\User Data\Cache\
C:\Documents and Settings\%USERNAME%\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Chrome\User Data\Cache\

On Windows Vista and later

C:\Users\%USERNAME%\AppData\Local\Google\Chromium\Default\Cache\
C:\Users\%USERNAME%\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Cache\

The Chrome Cache contains different files with the following file names:

  • index
  • data_#; where # contains a decimal digit.
  • f_######; where # contains a hexadecimal digit.

For more info see Chrome developers site [3].

History

Chrome stores the history of visited sites in a file named History. This file uses the SQLite database format.

The History file can be found in same location as the Preferences file.

There is also Archived History that predates information in the History file. Note that the Archived History only contains visits.

Timestamps

The History file uses the different timestamps.

visits.visit_time

The visits.visit_time is in (the number of) microseconds since January 1, 1601 UTC

Some Python code to do the conversion into human readable format:

date_string = datetime.datetime( 1601, 1, 1 )
            + datetime.timedelta( microseconds=timestamp )

Note that this timestamp is not the same as a Windows filetime which is (the number of) 100 nanoseconds since January 1, 1601 UTC

downloads.start_time

The downloads.start_time is in (the number of) seconds since January 1, 1970 UTC

Some Python code to do the conversion into human readable format:

date_string = datetime.datetime( 1970, 1, 1 )
            + datetime.timedelta( seconds=timestamp )

Example queries

Some example queries:

To get an overview of the visited sites:

SELECT datetime(((visits.visit_time/1000000)-11644473600), "unixepoch"), urls.url, urls.title FROM urls, visits WHERE urls.id = visits.url;

Note that the visit_time conversion looses precision.

To get an overview of the downloaded files:

SELECT datetime(downloads.start_time, "unixepoch"), downloads.url, downloads.full_path, downloads.received_bytes, downloads.total_bytes FROM downloads;

How the information of the downloaded files is stored in the database can vary per version of Chrome as of version 26:

SELECT datetime(((downloads.start_time/1000000)-11644473600), "unixepoch"), downloads.target_path, downloads_url_chains.url, downloads.received_bytes, downloads.total_bytes \
FROM downloads, downloads_url_chains WHERE downloads.id = downloads_url_chains.id;

See Also

External Links

Tools

Open Source