SQLite Forensics Book

By Paul Sanderson

The Ultimate SQLite Forensics Guide

Written by Paul Sanderson, one of the industries leading experts on SQLite Forensics.

SQLite is a self-contained SQL database engine that is used on every smartphone (including all iOS and Android devices) and most computers (including all Macs and Windows 10 machines). Each computer or phone using SQLite often has hundreds of SQLite databases and it is estimated that there are over one trillion SQLite databases in active use. Given the above, the importance of examining all of the data held in these databases in an investigation is paramount, and of course, this includes examining deleted data whenever possible. In this book, we cover the format of the SQLite database and associated journal and Write-Ahead Logs (WAL) in great detail. We show how records are encoded, how to decode them manually and how to decode records that are partially overwritten. We also describe how the workings of SQLite, and in particular the journal and WAL, can be used to ascertain what has happened in a manner that cannot be determined from the data alone. We cover basic SQL queries and how they can be used to create a custom report that includes data from different tables, and we show how we can use SQL queries to test hypothesizes about the relationships of data in different tables.

This book is aimed mainly at forensic practitioners, and it is assumed that the reader has some basic knowledge of computer forensics; it will also be of interest to computer professionals in general particularly those who have an interest in the SQLite file format.

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This book covers it all. As I progressed through this manual, it became obvious that the author has a deep understanding of the material. He clearly lays down the foundation for a thorough SQLite investigation and ties it all together in the final chapter with a case study. If you are in the digital forensic field buy this book and keep it close by.

Derek Butler

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