Log in as administrator with live data collection CD? Nov 07 2007 01:41PM
Matthew Webster (awakenings mindspring com) (1 replies)
Re: Log in as administrator with live data collection CD? Nov 11 2007 04:08PM
Kelly Keeton (kellyrkeeton gmail com)
I guess there is one point here that leads to possible issues a cd to
forensically collect evidence for law enforcement would require that
you collect the data with a device that could not write to the hard
disk, or alter data in any way. The issue with a disk that would
collect real-time as the OS was logged in with a administrator would
give you the ability to change the data prior to collection, thusly
you don't have credibility on the collection of the data in its
original form.

as for your 20 min problem, I assume that your hitting a timeout of
file access due to permissions, so you might want to code in a error
routine so that your not waiting on windows API to time out.

I created a super "slurp" tool a while back primarily used for backup
of data in a flash, also for non-legal investigation work.

On Nov 7, 2007 5:41 AM, Matthew Webster <awakenings (at) mindspring (dot) com [email concealed]> wrote:
> Hello,
> I am almost finished creating a live data collection forensic CD, but I've noticed it is slow (20 minutes when it should be 3-5 minutes) when running on computers that are not logged in as administrator. I could use PSexec or runas or something to log in as administrator, but I have a concern that this may alter important information on the computer. The question I have is, what is the best policy when creating a forensic boot disk? Is it best to wait for the information or have the CD log in as local administrator to collect information in a timely fashion before shutting down? I do have the local admin password so that is not an issue. I am talking about windows boxes.
> Thanks,
> Matt

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