Dissecting the Android WiFiConfigStore.xml for forensic analysis

A smartphone is often connected to a Wi-Fi network: think of how much time we spend at home, in our office, or even in a public place while studying or exercising. As soon as we can reach a (hopefully trusted) Wi-Fi network, we connect to it! On Android devices, the Wi-Fi connection is managed by the Wi-Fi service. This service must store information about the previously connected Wi-Fi networks so that the phone can reconnect as soon as it's in the vicinity. The file that stores this information is WiFiConfigStore.xml, a simple XML file stored in the Userdata partition under /data/misc/apexdata/ The source code describing the contents of this file is  available on the Android source code website . This file is parsed by most commercial and open-source tools. I wanted to go a little more in-depth to take a look at the different Wi-Fi settings. The main XML tag is  <WifiConfigStoreData > . This tag contains the  Version  sub-tag, which contains the version of

A first look at Android 14 forensics

Android 14 was released to the public by the Open Handset Alliance on October 4, 2023, and is now available on various smartphones, including the Google Pixel. This blog post aims to explore a list of the majr oartifacts you can find on this version of the Android OS.  For testing and review, I set up a Google Pixel 7A and used it for about a month, with a SIM card and various native and third-party apps installed. The blog post is organized by sections: Device information and general settings User accounts Information on Cellular, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth connections Native Android applications Google applications Analysis of the use of native and third-party applications Other relevant information As always, I'll try to update this blog post as I test and research. Device information and general settings build.prop TXT format Stored in the root directory of the system partition  Among other things, it contains the device manufacturer, the device model, the operating system version, a