Browser search analysis plugin

Notes on how to use the browser_search analysis plugin.

Running the analysis plugin

First run log2timeline to extract events: --storage-file timeline.plaso image.raw

Note that the browser search analysis plugin analyzes URLS in web history data such as events with data type:

  • chrome:autofill:entry

  • chrome:cache:entry

  • chrome:cookie:entry

  • chrome:extension_activity:activity_log

  • chrome:history:file_downloaded

  • chrome:history:page_visited

  • cookie:google:analytics:utma

  • cookie:google:analytics:utmb

  • cookie:google:analytics:utmt

  • cookie:google:analytics:utmz

  • firefox:cache:record

  • firefox:cookie:entry

  • firefox:downloads:download

  • firefox:places:bookmark

  • firefox:places:bookmark_annotation

  • firefox:places:bookmark_folder

  • firefox:places:page_visited

  • msiecf:leak

  • msiecf:redirected

  • msiecf:url

  • msie:webcache:container

  • msie:webcache:containers

  • msie:webcache:leak_file

  • msie:webcache:partitions

  • opera:history:entry

  • opera:history:typed_entry

  • safari:cookie:entry

  • safari:history:visit

  • safari:history:visit_sqlite

Next run psort to determine the browser searches: --analysis browser_search -o null timeline.plaso

This will:

  • extract information of searches performed in a browser, such as search engine, search term and number of queries

  • tag corresponding events with the browser_search label

The analysis results can be reviewed with pinfo: --report browser_search timeline.plaso