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{{Infobox_Software |
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Google Chrome is a [[Web Browser|web browser]] developed by Google Inc.
  name = plaso |
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  maintainer = [[Kristinn Gudjonsson]], [[Joachim Metz]] |
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  os = [[Linux]], [[Mac OS X]], [[Windows]] |
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  genre = {{Analysis}} |
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  license = {{APL}} |
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  website = [https://code.google.com/p/plaso/ code.google.com/p/plaso/] |
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}}
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Plaso (plaso langar að safna öllu) is the Python based back-end engine used by tools such as log2timeline for automatic creation of a super timelines. The goal of log2timeline (and thus plaso) is to provide a single tool that can parse various log files and forensic artifacts from computers and related systems, such as network equipment to produce a single correlated timeline. This timeline can then be easily analysed by forensic investigators/analysts, speeding up investigations by correlating the vast amount of information found on an average computer system. Plaso is intended to be applied for creating super timelines but also supports creating [http://blog.kiddaland.net/2013/02/targeted-timelines-part-i.html targeted timelines].
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== Configuration ==
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The Google Chrome configuration can be found in the '''Preferences''' file.
  
The Plaso project site also provides [[4n6time]], formerly "l2t_Review", which is a cross-platform forensic tool for timeline creation and review by [[David Nides]].
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On Linux
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<pre>
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/home/$USER/.config/google-chrome/Default/Preferences
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</pre>
  
== Supported Formats ==
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On MacOS-X
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<pre>
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/Users/$USER/Library/Application Support/Google/Chrome/Default/Preferences
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</pre>
  
=== Storage Media Image File Formats ===
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On Windows XP
Storage Medis Image File Format support is provided by [[dfvfs]].
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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>
  
=== Volume System Formats ===
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On Windows Vista and later
Volume System Format support is provided by [[dfvfs]].
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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>
  
=== File System Formats ===
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Or for '''Chrome SxS''' (Chrome side-by-side)
File System Format support will be moved to [[dfvfs]].
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* uses [[sleuthkit]] and [[pytsk]]
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=== File Formats ===
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<pre>
* [[Property list (plist)|Binary property list (plist) format]] using [[binplist]]
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C:\Users\%USERNAME%\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome SxS\User Data\Default\Preferences
* [[Internet Explorer History File Format]] (also known as MSIE 4 - 9 Cache Files or index.dat) using [[libmsiecf]]
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</pre>
* [[Windows Event Log (EVT)]] using [[libevt]]
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* [[Windows NT Registry File (REGF)]] using [[libregf]]
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Or for '''Chromium'''
* [[LNK|Windows Shortcut File (LNK) format]] using [[liblnk]]
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* [[Windows XML Event Log (EVTX)]] using [[libevtx]]
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On Linux
* Syslog
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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
 +
</pre>
 +
 
 +
On Windows XP
 +
<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.
 +
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:
 +
<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>
 +
ttrgoiknff.mydomain.com
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bxjhgftsyu.mydomain.com
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yokjbjiagd.mydomain.com
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</pre>
 +
 
 +
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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<pre>
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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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<b>Note that $PROFILE (or %PROFILE%) the paths below is the profile dependent subdirectory which is normally Default but also could be Profile1, Profile2, etc.</b>
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 +
The Google Chrome disk cache can be found in:
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 +
On Linux
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 +
<pre>
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/home/$USER/.cache/chromium/$PROFILE/Cache/
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/home/$USER/.cache/google-chrome/$PROFILE/Cache/
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/home/$USER/.config/chromium/$PROFILE/Cache/
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/home/$USER/.config/google-chrome/$PROFILE/Cache/
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</pre>
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<pre>
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/home/$USER/.cache/chromium/$PROFILE/Media Cache/
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/home/$USER/.cache/google-chrome/$PROFILE/Media Cache/
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/home/$USER/.config/chromium/$PROFILE/Media Cache/
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/home/$USER/.config/google-chrome/$PROFILE/Media Cache/
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</pre>
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<pre>
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/home/$USER/.config/chromium/$PROFILE/Application Cache/Cache/
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/home/$USER/.config/google-chrome/$PROFILE/Application Cache/Cache/
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</pre>
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<pre>
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/home/$USER/.config/chromium/$PROFILE/GPUCache/
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/home/$USER/.config/google-chrome/$PROFILE/GPUCache/
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</pre>
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<pre>
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/home/$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/Library/Caches/Chromium/$PROFILE/Cache
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/Users/$USER/Library/Caches/Google/Chrome/$PROFILE/Cache
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</pre>
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<b>TODO confirm the following paths</b>
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<pre>
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/Users/$USER/Caches/Chromium/$PROFILE/Cache/
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/Users/$USER/Caches/Google/Chrome/$PROFILE/Cache/
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</pre>
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<pre>
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/Users/$USER/Library/Caches/Chromium/$PROFILE/Media Cache
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/Users/$USER/Library/Caches/Google/Chrome/$PROFILE/Media Cache
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</pre>
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<pre>
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/Users/$USER/Library/Application Support/Chromium/$PROFILE/Application Cache/Cache/
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/Users/$USER/Library/Application Support/Google/Chrome/$PROFILE/Application Cache/Cache/
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</pre>
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<pre>
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/Users/$USER/Library/Application Support/Chromium/$PROFILE/GPUCache/
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/Users/$USER/Library/Application Support/Google/Chrome/$PROFILE/GPUCache/
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</pre>
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<pre>
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/Users/$USER/Library/Caches/Chromium/PnaclTranslationCache/
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/Users/$USER/Library/Caches/Google/Chrome/PnaclTranslationCache/
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</pre>
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On Windows XP
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<b>TODO confirm the following paths</b>
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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\%PROFILE%\Cache\
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C:\Users\%USERNAME%\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\%PROFILE%\Cache\
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</pre>
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<pre>
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C:\Users\%USERNAME%\AppData\Local\Google\Chromium\%PROFILE%\Application Cache\Cache\
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C:\Users\%USERNAME%\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\%PROFILE%\Application Cache\Cache\
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</pre>
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<pre>
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C:\Users\%USERNAME%\AppData\Local\Google\Chromium\%PROFILE%\Media Cache\
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C:\Users\%USERNAME%\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\%PROFILE%\Media Cache\
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</pre>
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 +
<pre>
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C:\Users\%USERNAME%\AppData\Local\Google\Chromium\%PROFILE%\GPUCache\
 +
C:\Users\%USERNAME%\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\%PROFILE%\GPUCache\
 +
</pre>
 +
 
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The Chrome Cache contains different files with the following file names:
 +
* 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 Disk Cache Format]].
  
 
== History ==
 
== History ==
Plaso is a Python-based rewrite of the Perl-based [[log2timeline]] initially created by [[Kristinn Gudjonsson]]. Plaso builds upon the [[SleuthKit]], [[libyal]] and other projects.
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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 ===
 +
The '''History''' file uses the different timestamps.
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 +
==== visits.visit_time ====
 +
 
 +
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:
 +
<pre>
 +
date_string = datetime.datetime( 1601, 1, 1 )
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            + datetime.timedelta( microseconds=timestamp )
 +
</pre>
 +
 
 +
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:
 +
<pre>
 +
date_string = datetime.datetime( 1970, 1, 1 )
 +
            + datetime.timedelta( seconds=timestamp )
 +
</pre>
 +
 
 +
=== Example queries ===
 +
Some example queries:
 +
 
 +
To get an overview of the visited sites:
 +
<pre>
 +
SELECT datetime(((visits.visit_time/1000000)-11644473600), "unixepoch"), urls.url, urls.title FROM urls, visits WHERE urls.id = visits.url;
 +
</pre>
 +
 
 +
Note that the visit_time conversion looses precision.
 +
 
 +
To get an overview of the downloaded files:
 +
<pre>
 +
SELECT datetime(downloads.start_time, "unixepoch"), downloads.url, downloads.full_path, downloads.received_bytes, downloads.total_bytes FROM downloads;
 +
</pre>
 +
 
 +
How the information of the downloaded files is stored in the database can vary per version of Chrome as of version 26:
 +
<pre>
 +
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;
 +
</pre>
 +
 
 +
== Cookies ==
 +
Chrome stores the cookies in a file named '''Cookies'''. This file uses the [[SQLite database format]].
 +
 
 +
=== Extension Cookies ===
 +
Chrome stores the cookies used by extensions in a file named '''Extension Cookies'''. This file uses the [[SQLite database format]].
 +
 
 +
<pre>
 +
SELECT datetime(((cookies.creation_utc/1000000)-11644473600), "unixepoch"), cookies.host_key, cookies.name, cookies.value, cookies.path, \
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datetime(((cookies.expires_utc/1000000)-11644473600), "unixepoch"), cookies.secure, cookies.httponly, datetime(((cookies.last_access_utc/1000000)-11644473600), "unixepoch"), \
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cookies.has_expires, cookies.persistent, cookies.priority FROM cookies;
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</pre>
  
 
== See Also ==
 
== See Also ==
* [[dfvfs]]
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* [[log2timeline]]
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* [[SQLite database format]]
  
 
== External Links ==
 
== External Links ==
* [https://code.google.com/p/plaso/ Project site]
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* [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Google_Chrome Wikipedia article on Google Chrome]
* [https://sites.google.com/a/kiddaland.net/plaso/home Project documentation]
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* [http://www.chromium.org/user-experience/user-data-directory The Chromium Projects - User Data Directory]
* [http://blog.kiddaland.net/ Project blog]
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* [http://www.chromium.org/developers/design-documents/network-stack/disk-cache Chrome Disk Cache]
* [https://sites.google.com/a/kiddaland.net/plaso/usage/4n6time 4n6time]
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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]
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[[Category:Applications]]
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[[Category:Web Browsers]]

Revision as of 04:42, 22 June 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 Chrome SxS (Chrome side-by-side)

C:\Users\%USERNAME%\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome SxS\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
};

Note that $PROFILE (or %PROFILE%) the paths below is the profile dependent subdirectory which is normally Default but also could be Profile1, Profile2, etc.

The Google Chrome disk cache can be found in:

On Linux

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

On MacOS-X

/Users/$USER/Library/Caches/Chromium/$PROFILE/Cache
/Users/$USER/Library/Caches/Google/Chrome/$PROFILE/Cache

TODO confirm the following paths

/Users/$USER/Caches/Chromium/$PROFILE/Cache/
/Users/$USER/Caches/Google/Chrome/$PROFILE/Cache/
/Users/$USER/Library/Caches/Chromium/$PROFILE/Media Cache
/Users/$USER/Library/Caches/Google/Chrome/$PROFILE/Media Cache
/Users/$USER/Library/Application Support/Chromium/$PROFILE/Application Cache/Cache/
/Users/$USER/Library/Application Support/Google/Chrome/$PROFILE/Application Cache/Cache/
/Users/$USER/Library/Application Support/Chromium/$PROFILE/GPUCache/
/Users/$USER/Library/Application Support/Google/Chrome/$PROFILE/GPUCache/
/Users/$USER/Library/Caches/Chromium/PnaclTranslationCache/
/Users/$USER/Library/Caches/Google/Chrome/PnaclTranslationCache/

On Windows XP

TODO confirm the following paths

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\%PROFILE%\Cache\
C:\Users\%USERNAME%\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\%PROFILE%\Cache\
C:\Users\%USERNAME%\AppData\Local\Google\Chromium\%PROFILE%\Application Cache\Cache\
C:\Users\%USERNAME%\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\%PROFILE%\Application Cache\Cache\
C:\Users\%USERNAME%\AppData\Local\Google\Chromium\%PROFILE%\Media Cache\
C:\Users\%USERNAME%\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\%PROFILE%\Media Cache\
C:\Users\%USERNAME%\AppData\Local\Google\Chromium\%PROFILE%\GPUCache\
C:\Users\%USERNAME%\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\%PROFILE%\GPUCache\

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 Disk Cache Format.

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;

Cookies

Chrome stores the cookies in a file named Cookies. This file uses the SQLite database format.

Extension Cookies

Chrome stores the cookies used by extensions in a file named Extension Cookies. This file uses the SQLite database format.

SELECT datetime(((cookies.creation_utc/1000000)-11644473600), "unixepoch"), cookies.host_key, cookies.name, cookies.value, cookies.path, \
datetime(((cookies.expires_utc/1000000)-11644473600), "unixepoch"), cookies.secure, cookies.httponly, datetime(((cookies.last_access_utc/1000000)-11644473600), "unixepoch"), \
cookies.has_expires, cookies.persistent, cookies.priority FROM cookies;

See Also

External Links

Tools

Open Source