Last Month at the SANS360, I promised the release of the Timeline Template to be used to automatically colorize your timelines.
Review on Timeline Creation:
- Mounting Evidence Files
- Automated Timeline Creation
- Targeted Timeline Creation
- TIMELINE CREATION CHEAT SHEET
The Timeline Color Template in EXCEL 2007+
The EXCEL TEMPLATE can be downloaded here.
To use the template you must currently use MS EXCEL 2007 or higher. Hopefully we can get other formats of this created, but think this is a start to help out with analysis of log2timeline data.
To learn how to create timelines: Read these articles
- Download it - Open Timeline Color Template
- Switch to Color Timeline worksheet/tab
- Click on Cell A-1
- Select 'DATA' Ribbon
- Import Data "FROM TEXT"
- Select log2timeline.csv file
- TEXT IMPORT WIZARD Will Start
- Step 1 -> Select Delimited ->Select NEXT
- Step 2 -> Unselect Tab under Delimiters -> Select Comma under Delimiters -> Select NEXT >
- Step 3 ->Select Finish
- Where do you want to put the data? Simply Select OK.
- Once imported View -> Freeze Panes -> Freeze Top Row
- Optional Hide Columns Timzone, User, Host, Short or Desc (keep one of these), Version
- Select HOME Ribbon
- Select all Cells "CTRL-A"
- In Home Ribbon -> Sort and Filter - Filter
Your chart should now look like this once you start filtering your data to the elements you are looking for.
This chart will also help you with analysis of the colorized artifacts from our FOR408 Windows In-Depth Course
To select specific artifacts of interest you can select them from the source, sourcetype, type, or short columns. Below is an example of FILTERING using the drop down filter for the Sourcetype column. If you wanted look for specific data types and eliminate others, this is a great place to start.
More articles on analysis techniques are coming, but the color spreadsheet needs some polish still. If you have feedback, please email me at rlee "at" sans.org with feedback or updates that can make it even better.
Rob Lee has over 15 years of experience in digital forensics, vulnerability discovery, intrusion detection and incident response. Rob is the lead course author and faculty fellow for the computer forensic courses at the SANS Institute and lead author for FOR408 Windows Forensics and FOR508 Advanced Computer Forensics Analysis and Incident Response.