The exploitation of Windows hibernation files to “look back in time” and uncover compelling evidence is crucial to digital forensics practitioners. Hibernation Recon not only supports active memory reconstruction from Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8/8.1, 10, and 11 hibernation files, but also extracts massive volumes of information from the multiple types (and levels) of slack space that may exist within them. Additional features of Hibernation Recon include the automatic recovery of valuable NTFS metadata and parallel processing of multiple hibernation files. Digital forensics practitioners cannot afford to analyze electronic evidence without extracting maximum value from Windows hibernation files.
The tools and techniques used for years to analyze Windows hibernation files have left digital forensics experts in the dark… until now!
Hibernation files from three different Windows versions processed simultaneously
Valuable hibernation slack from three different Windows installations in a high-stakes case
Hibernation Recon includes both free (Free Mode) and paid (Professional Mode) features.
Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8/8.1, 10, and 11 hibernation file support (Free Mode)
Active memory reconstruction (Free Mode)
Extraction of multiple types (and levels) of slack space (Professional Mode)
Brute force decompression of partially overwritten slack (Professional Mode)
Proper handling of legacy within modern hibernation data (Professional Mode)
Segregation of extracted slack based on particular hibernations (Professional Mode)
Ability to distinguish legacy hibernation data from previous Windows installations (Professional Mode)
Automatic recovery of valuable NTFS metadata (Professional Mode)
Parallel processing of multiple hibernation files (Professional Mode)
"Hibernation Recon helped me determine that a Windows hibernation file (hiberfil.sys), exported from a BitLocker-protected disk image by a very popular digital forensics tool, was corrupt. While troubleshooting the situation, I used Arsenal Image Mounter (rather than the tool I used previously) to mount the same disk image and then exported the hibernation file… which was now perfectly intact! I ran Hibernation Recon, this time against the intact hibernation file exported by AIM, and was able to continue my analysis."
"Due to an insufficient RAM capture from a Windows 10 machine, we had to look at using a popular memory forensics suite to analyse the hibernation file (hiberfil.sys). Due to issues encountered when trying to do this analysis, I contacted one of the memory forensics suite’s developers… who confirmed the suite is only capable of dealing with hibernation files from XP through Windows 7. He subsequently went on to suggest using a tool called Hibernation Recon, which claims to support decompression for later Windows versions. We used Hibernation Recon’s “Free Mode” and were able to obtain a viable memory dump capable of analysing within other tools, including the suite in question."
D/Sgt Martin McDonagh
Metropolitan Police Cybercrime Unit