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Ma2Tl – macOS Forensic Timeline Generator Using The Analysis Result DBs Of Mac_Apt

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Ma2Tl – macOS Forensic Timeline Generator Using The Analysis Result DBs Of Mac_Apt


This is a DFIR tool for generating a macOS forensic timeline from the analysis result DBs of mac_apt.


Requirements

  • Python 3.7.0 or later
  • pytz
  • tzlocal
  • xlsxwriter

Installation

% git clone https://github.com/mnrkbys/ma2tl.git

Usage

% python ./ma2tl.py -h
usage: ma2tl.py [-h] [-i INPUT] [-o OUTPUT] [-ot OUTPUT_TYPE] [-s START] [-e END] [-t TIMEZONE] [-l LOG_LEVEL] plugin [plugin ...]

Forensic timeline generator using mac_apt analysis results. Supports only SQLite DBs.

positional arguments:
plugin Plugins to run (space separated).

optional arguments:
-h, --help show this help message and exit
-i INPUT, --input INPUT
Path to a folder that contains mac_apt DBs.
-o OUTPUT, --output OUTPUT
Path to a folder to save ma2tl result.
-ot OUTPUT_TYPE, --output_type OUTPUT_TYPE
Specify the output file type: SQLITE, XLSX, TSV (Default: SQLITE)
-s START, --start START
Specify start timestamp. (ex. 2021-11-05 08:30:00)
-e END, --end END Specify end timestamp.
-t TIMEZONE, --timezone TIMEZONE
Specify Timezone: "UTC", "Asia/Tokyo", "US/Eastern", etc (Default: System Local Timezone)
-l LOG_LEVEL, --log_level LOG_LEVEL
Specify log level: INFO, DEBUG, WARNING, ERROR, CRITICAL (Default: INFO)

The following 4 plugins are available:
FILE_DOWNLOAD Extract file download activities.
PERSISTENCE Extract persistence settings.
PROG_EXEC Extract program execution activities.
VOLUME_MOUNT Extract volume mount/unmount activities.
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ALL Run all plugins

Generated timeline example

Presentation

This tool was published on Japan Security Analyst Conference 2022 (JSAC2022).

Slides are available below:

Author

Minoru Kobayashi

License

MIT