mac-robber is a digital investigation tool that collects data from allocated files in a mounted file
system. This is useful during incident response when analyzing a live system or when analyzing a dead system in a lab. The data can be used by the mactime tool in The Sleuth Kit to make a timeline
of file activity. The mac-robber tool is based on the
grave-robber tool from TCT and is
written in C instead of Perl.
mac-robber requires that the file system be mounted by
the operating system, unlike the tools in The Sleuth Kit that
process the file system themselves. Therefore, mac-robber
will not collect data from deleted files or files that have been hidden
by rootkits. mac-robber will also modify the Access times
on directories that are mounted with write permissions.
"What is mac-robber good for then", you ask? mac-robber
is useful when dealing with a file system that is not supported by
The Sleuth Kit or other file system analysis tools. mac-robber is
very basic C and should compile on any UNIX system. Therefore,
you can run mac-robber on an obscure, suspect UNIX file
system that has been mounted read-only on a trusted system. I have
also used mac-robber during investigations of common UNIX
systems such as AIX.