Well, I’m happy to report that I upgraded to Xubuntu 17.10 and Autopsy still works. That’s not surprising (it’s just Java, after all), but it still might be worth mentioning.
And I managed to process some data. At first, I made a dd image of a thumb drive because Autopsy couldn’t access it directly. That worked. It was my Strawberry Perl stick and Autopsy found over 6000 email addresses (presumably all of the module authors and other contributors to Strawberry Perl), but nothing else of interest.
Next, I grabbed a random thumb drive from my backpack and ran Autopsy as root. That way it could process the thumb drive directly, without making an image first. That drive contained a Linux driver, a zip file of all the slides from last year’s Enfuse conference, a tarball containing an older version of dd_rescue, an
/etc/hosts file from my home network, a directory of photos from a trip to Ottawa, a PDF of a boarding pass for a plane trip, and an empty directory.
$ ls /media/tim/oylenshpeegul agere_sta_fw.bin _ALL SPEAKER PRESENTATIONS IN PDF.zip dd_rescue-1.23.tar.gz hosts Ottawa 2013 Southwest_Airlines_-_Print_Boarding_Passes_and_Security_Document.pdf System Volume Information
Autopsy found 110 email addresses from the zip file and one from the tarball. It found the EXIF data from the photos. The timeline showed a history for dd_rescue going back to the year 2000. It was easy to generate an HTML report
and there were a half dozen other report formats as well. All in all, a pretty good experience! Now, how to write a plugin…