Wednesday, 8 April 2009

Adobe Flash Player Local Shared Objects

The value of cookies and other internet history related artifacts is well known. Not as widely commentated on are Local Shared Objects created by Adobe Flash Player. They have a .sol file extension and on the vista box I am looking at at least they are stored at:

\Users\your user\AppData\Roaming\Macromedia\Flash Player\#SharedObjects\

These Local Shared Objects are data files that can be created on a computer by visited websites and in many respects are similar to cookies. It appears however that the conventional forensic software I use to analyse internet history ignores these files (I use Netanalysis and Encase v6 Comprehensive Internet History search).

To parse .sol files into a more readable form I use the SharedObject Reader plugin of FlashDevelop3.


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