Getting disk_stat Working in SIFT
SANS publishes the SIFT (SANS Investigative Forensic Toolkit) Workstation as a VMWare appliance. The environment is impeccable for rolling out a mobile forensics workstation and is preloaded with a wealth of tools. The workstation was created by Rob Lee.
All that being said, nothing is absolutely perfect. A huge drawback to the SIFT workstation is getting disk_stat working so an investigator can detect HPA’s on a suspect drive. Acquiring a disk with an HPA requires additional steps and missing the HPA can mean missing evidence.
When you try to run disk_stat, you are given an error that the libssl.so.7 library could not be loaded.
[email protected]:/mnt/hgfs/Evidence/CASE001$ disk_stat disk_stat: error while loading shared libraries: libssl.so.7: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory
To fix this, create a symbolic link in /usr/lib pointing to libssl.so. You’ll need to do the same for libcrypto.so as well.
[email protected]:/usr/lib$ sudo ln -s libssl.so libssl.so.7 [email protected]:/usr/lib$ sudo ln -s libcrypto.so libcrypto.so.7
All done! disk_stat will now properly detect HPA’s on attached drives. Enojy!
About the author
Brooks Garrett is a dedicated technologist who specializes in information security. Brooks has spent over 10 years implementing security programs for both the public and private sector including some of the biggest names in the Fortune 500. When he's not managing risk in the corporate environment you can find him at the local firestation where he is a volunteer firefighter.