Autopsy User Documentation  4.21.0
Graphical digital forensics platform for The Sleuth Kit and other tools.
Extension Mismatch Detector Module

What Does It Do

Extension Mismatch Detector module uses the results from the File Type Identification and flags files that have an extension not traditionally associated with the file's detected type. It ignores 'known' (NSRL) files. You can customize the MIME types and file extensions per MIME type in "Tools", "Options", "File Extension Mismatch".

This detects files that someone may be trying to hide.


One can add and remove MIME types in the "Tools", "Options", "File Extension Mismatch" dialog box, as well as add and remove extensions to particular MIME types.


If you'd like to contribute your changes back to the community, then you'll need to upload your updated APPDATA%\autopsy\dev\config\mismatch_config.xml file by either:

Using the Module

Note that you can get a lot of false positives with this module. You can add your own rules to Autopsy to reduce unwanted hits.

Ingest Settings

In the ingest settings, the user can choose whether to run on all files, all files except text files, or only multimedia or executable files. Additionally, the user can choose to skip all files without an extension, and to skip any known files identified by the hash lookup module, if it is enabled.


Seeing Results

Results are shown in the Results tree under "Extension Mismatch Detected".


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