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Representing Chains of Custody Along a Forensic Process: A Case Study on Kruse Model Tamer Fares Gayed, UQAM Hakim Lounis, UQAM Moncef Bari, UQAM.

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1 Representing Chains of Custody Along a Forensic Process: A Case Study on Kruse Model Tamer Fares Gayed, UQAM Hakim Lounis, UQAM Moncef Bari, UQAM

2 Presentation outline Introduction Problem definition Why Linked Data for representing chain of custody Solution framework Conclusions and perspectives

3 Introduction The semantic web is the web of data Tim Berners Lee outlined a set of rules for publishing data on the web: Use URI’s as names for things Use HTTP URI’s to enable people to look up those names Provide useful RDF information related to URI’s that are looked up by machines or people Include RDF statements that link to other URIs Publishing data in a structured way can facilitate its consumption and helps the consumer to take the proper decision.

4 Phase1 Introduction: CoC? CoC is chronological document that accompanies all digital evidence in order to avoid later allegations of tampering with such evidences A forensic process contains a set of phases, each phase has its own CoC document Each CoC answers 5Ws and 1H questions Phase2Phase x CoC 1 CoC 2 CoC x

5 Introduction: forensic process The most common forensic process is the Kruse model: it includes the three essential steps required by any cyber forensic investigation. The 3 phases are: acquisition, authentication, and analysis AcquisitionAuthenticationAnalysis Who When Why Where What How Who When Why Where What How Who When Why Where What How CoC Acqui CoC Auth CoC Analy

6 Problem definition CF is a growing field that requires the accommodation with the digital technologies : – Semantic web standards (RDF, URL, SPARQL) are fertile land for representing the CoCs Judges’ awareness and understanding the digital evidences are not enough to evaluate and take the proper decision about the digital evidence : – Representation using LDP, allows the dereferenceability of the represented resources + execution of queries. CoCs should be managed only by the authorized people and its integrity should be maintained throughout the investigation process – A security mechanism should be integrated with the represented data to keep its integrity and control its access

7 Why LDP for representing CoCs? CoC and LDP are metaphors for each others; interlinking between entities Interpretation of terms and resources Inference capabilities (human or automated) Semantic vocabularies: mixture (schema) for representing forensics data Provenance metadata: to describe the provenance and complement missing answers about forensics data Knowledge representation, definition (reuse) of concepts, collaboration between different role players.

8 Solution Framework

9 Semantic Web Vocabularies Built in vocabularies – RDFS, OWL, DC, FOAF,..etc Custom Vocabularies – Created to describe particular domain – When the built in vocabularies do not provide all terms that are needed to describe content of a data set – Creating such vocabularies using lightweight ontology

10 The Who question authentication#investigated authentication#Authentication Class of all investigation The Authentication Phase The Class of all authentication tasks Ex. : Definition of terms

11 Victim and Forensic Part This layer describes the mechanism of how the resources of victim and forensic parts are represented: 303 URIs, Hash URIs There exist different ways to describe any concept – URI identifying the concept itself – URI identifying the RDF/XML document describing the concept – URI identifying the HTML document describing the concept Forensic Format can also be represented in the same unified framework (AFF4 : an open format for the storage and processing of digital evidences + representing forensics data in the form of RDF triples)

12 CF-CoC Web Application form The CF-CoC web application form should be designed to : – Import resources from the forensic parts – Import resources from the victim parts – Create and describe resources by the support of Existing terms imported from well established vocabularies New terms imported from custom vocabulary created to describe the CoC for each forensic phase Add provenance metadata to the forensics data

13 Pattern Consumption Applications Three main patterns can be used by juries to consume this information of the CoC : – Browsing – Searching – Querying

14 Provenance Metadata The ability to track the origin of data is a key component in building trustworthy, which is required for the admissibility of digital evidences Provenance information can be integrated within the forensic process using 3 different methods : – Provenance vocabularies – Open provenance model – Named Graph: used to denote a collection of triples with relevant provenance information. The set of RDF triples is the considered as one graph (NG) and it is assigned a URI reference.

15 Ex. Abstract NG of Kruse Model 20 Mar 2011 dc:date dc:creator Jean Pierre dc:publisher Ann Marie NG Auth NG Acqui NG Analy

16 Ex. : Usage of custom term & Metadata Genid:A14471 Evidence01 http://www.w3,org/1999/02/22-rdf-syntax-ns#type 2010-11-10 16:34:15Z AFF4 MD5 Machine1 db64e67f5b41bbc0f3728c2eae4f07eb Back NG Auth Forward

17 Public Key Infrastructure Applying PKI to LOD, transform it to LCD Allows juries to ensure from the identity of role players participated in the forensic investigation The main idea behind applying the PKI to LOD is based on the PK cryptography, where senders (role players and CA) make signature using their private key, and the jury verifies these signatures using their public key.

18 PKI Scenario K R-P 2. K U-P 3. R-CA{ P,K U-P } 4. K U-CA 1. 5. R-CA{ P, K U-P } Sign NG

19 Conclusion and Perspective 1.New combination of several fields in the same framework, such as cyber forensics, semantic web, provenance vocabularies, PKI Approach, and LDP. 2. Underline that each phase in the forensics process should have its own CoC along any forensics model. 3. Provide a framework that leads to the creation of an assistance system for juries in a court of law. 4. Integrate provenance metadata to the victim/forensics data, in order to answer questions about the origin of information published by the role players during the forensics investigation. 5. Using the PKI approach to ensure the identities of each player participating in the forensics process. Transforming tangible CoC to electronic one consumable by people and machines.

20 Future Work Current framework will be extended by extra educational resources for aid purposes These educational resources provide help to the role players and juries to respectively publish and consume the represented data

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