Australian Digital Forensics Conference

Document Type

Conference Proceeding


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


Mobile phone forensics have become more prominent since mobile phones have become ubiquitous both for personal and business practice. Android smartphones show tremendous growth in the global market share. Many researchers and works show the procedures and techniques for the acquisition andanalysisthe non volatile memory inmobile phones. On the other hand, the physical memory (RAM) on the smartphone might retain incriminating evidence that could be acquired and analysed by the examiner. This study reveals the proper procedure for acquiring the volatile memory inthe Android smartphone and discusses the use of Linux Memory Extraction (LiME) for dumping the volatile memory. The study also discusses the analysis process of the memory image with Volatility 2.3, especially how the application shows its capability analysis. Despite its advancement there are two major concerns for both applications. First, the examiners have to gain root privileges before executing LiME. Second, both applications have no generic solution or approach. On the other hand, currently there is no other tool or option that might give the same result as LiME and Volatility 2.3.


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