Sat, 4 July 2009
This episode covers why we point everyone to the user's Home folder first. Ryan talks about Diskarbitration for Leopard and Tiger. Chris showcases the Plists of the Week, Safari bookmarks, history, downloads, TopSites & Last Session.
Websites of the Week: MacTracker & EveryMac
Podcasts to listen to: CyberSpeak & Forensic 4Cast
Show notes are available for download. They are more detailed than the synopsis below:
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Show notes synopsis:
-Most of the evidence is located in the Userʼs Home Folder
-Majority of the Preference PLists with user-speciﬁc settings are in
-Indicative of the userʼs activity
-Not system activity, but user speciﬁc logs
-PLists ﬁles or proprietary format ﬁles for the User
-Contains conﬁgurations and settings for the User
-I.E. Online activity, buddy lists, email, logins, etc.
-Mozilla Cache, iPhone backup ﬁles from MobileSync folder -Application PLists with information
-Disk Arbitration looks at devices and mounts the device and makes icon
to access this device available to the user
-On Boot, Disk Arbitration recognizes the internal hard drive. Recognizes
ﬁle system. Mounts partitions on desktop.
-In order to prevent writes, we must prevent the mount.
-To turn off Disk Arbitration, enter Terminal and type:
sudo launchctl unload System/Library/LaunchDaemon/com.apple.diskarbitrationd.plist
-Now when you connect a disk, the disk will not mount
-To turn back on, enter Terminal and type:
sudo launchctl load System/Library/LaunchDaemons/com.apple.diskarbitrationd.plist
or Reboot system and diskarbitration will become active again
-Not controlled by LaunchCtl process
-Need to move the PList from one location to another
1. Make copy of the diskarbitrationd.plist
2.Once the copy is made, use the remove command in Terminal to delete
the com.apple.diskarbitrationd.plist from the /etc/mach_init.d folder
4.Only OS Boot partition will mount.
To UNDO, Copy the diskarbitrationd.plist back to the /etc/mach_init.d
folder and reboot the system.
PList(s) of the Week(PLOW):
-User created/maintained bookmarks
-Any downloads speciﬁc to Safari
-History from Safari if not cleared
-Came with Safari 4
-When a New Tab is opened, it opens thumbnails of most visited sites
-Instead of typing URL, just click on thumbnail and it opens the site.
-Indicates what was open on last Safari session
-If multiple windows opened, it will indicate each as a different Item