Australian Digital Forensics Conference

Document Type

Conference Proceeding


SRI Security Research Institute, Edith Cowan University, Perth, Western Australia


The growth in volatile memory forensics has steadily increased in recent times. With this growth comes a need to test the tools associated with this practise. Although there appears to be a large amount of effort in testing static memory capture tools, there is perhaps less so for volatile memory capture. This paper describes the attempts at categorizing criteria for testing, and then introduces and extends upon a methodology proposed by Lempereur and colleagues in 2012. Four tools (Windows Memory Reader, WinPmem, FTK Imager and DumpIt) are tested against two criteria (impact and completeness). WMR and DumpIt were found to have the least impact, and also showed the greatest accuracy across the tests.


Originally published in the Proceedings of the 11th Australian Digital Forensics Conference. Held on the 2nd-4th December, 2013 at Edith Cowan University, Perth, Western Australia