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OS X Lion Artifacts

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Author Name
Sean Cavanaugh – AppleExaminer

Artifact Name
OS X Lion Artifacts

Description
Sean Cavanaugh of AppleExaminer.com maintains a Google Spreadsheet at the link listed below. Since this list is community driven and may change, it is not republished here, however, here is a spreadsheet containing the artifacts as of 11-26-11. This list contains artifacts of User Directories, Safari, Mail, iChat, iPhoto, iTunes, Photo Booth, Address Book, Spotlight, RSS, Saved Application State, Preferences, Autorun Locations, Recent Items, browsers, and specific applications.

 

Research Links
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AkBdGlxJhW-ydDlxVUxWUVU0dXVzMzUxRzh2b2ZzaFE&hl=en_US#gid=0

 

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System Version (Mac)

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Author Name
Douglas Brush

Artifact Name
SystemVersion.plist

Artifact/Program Version
OS X 10.x (Client)

Description
When you start your Macintosh investigation it is important to know
what version of the operating system is installed on the computer. The
version of OS X (10.4, 10.5, 10.6) can shape and direct the analysis
as each version has certain unique characteristics for other artifacts
as well as their locations on the disk.

Macintosh operating systems use plist files (.plist) as repositories
for system and program settings/information. Plist files can wither be
in a binary-encoded format (bplist file header) or as XML.

To get the operating system version the first plist files you will
want to examine is the “SystemVersion.plist” located in
“/System/Library/CoreServices/” folder. With this knowledge you
can be aware of other plists and system artifacts that are unique to
the OS under inspection.

File Locations
/System/Library/CoreServices/SystemVersion.plist

Research Links

Forensic Programs of Use
plist Edit Pro (Mac):

plist Editor Pro (Win):

Installed Printers (Mac)

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Author Name
Joe Garcia

Artifact Name
Installed Printers (Mac)

Artifact/Program Version
Mac OS X

Description
This property list (plist) on a Mac OS X machine will tell you what types of printers have been installed on that system. Be advised though, that a printer may have been uninstalled/removed by the user and if they have not restarted their computer, that printer’s entry will persist until the computer is rebooted. This plist will then be overwritten to reflect the change.





Property List
org.cups.printers.plist

File Locations
HDD/Library/Preferences

Research Links
Apple Developer Tools: http://developer.apple.com/technologies/tools/xcode.html

Forensic Programs of Use
plist Editor that is provided with XCode

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