Forensic Analysis of VMware Hard Disks

research on collecting evidence from VMs following a forensic procedure is lacking. This thesis studies a forensically sound way to acquire and analyze VM hard disks. It also discusses the development of a tool which assists in forensic analysis of snapshots of virtual hard disks that are used in VMs. This tool analyzes the changes made to a virtual disk by comparing snapshots created at various stages. Comparing the state of the files in the base snapshot which is believed to be clean with the snapshot which is suspected of being tampered with, forensics investigators are able to identify files that have been recently added, deleted, edited, or modified.

 

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