Reliable Acquisition of RAM Dumps from Intel-Based Apple Mac Computers over FireWire

  • Pavel Gladyshev
  • Afrah Almansoori
Part of the Lecture Notes of the Institute for Computer Sciences, Social Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering book series (LNICST, volume 53)


RAM content acquisition is an important step in live forensic analysis of computer systems. FireWire offers an attractive way to acquire RAM content of Apple Mac computers equipped with a FireWire connection. However, the existing techniques for doing so require substantial knowledge of the target computer configuration and cannot be used reliably on a previously unknown computer in a crime scene. This paper proposes a novel method for acquiring RAM content of Apple Mac computers over FireWire, which automatically discovers necessary information about the target computer and can be used in the crime scene setting. As an application of the developed method, the techniques for recovery of AOL Instant Messenger (AIM) conversation fragments from RAM dumps are also discussed in this paper.


RAM Analysis Mac OS X FireWire AOL Instant Messenger (AIM) 


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© ICST Institute for Computer Science, Social Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering 2011

Authors and Affiliations

  • Pavel Gladyshev
    • 1
  • Afrah Almansoori
    • 2
  1. 1.Center for Cybercrime InvestigationUniversity College DublinDublinIreland
  2. 2.Electronic Forensics DepartmentDubai Police Head QuartersDubaiUnited Arab Emirates

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