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Forensic Software Testing Support Tools: Test Plan, Test Design Specification, Test Case Specification



Serban I. Gavrila, Elizabeth N. Fong


The Computer Forensic Tool Testing (CFTT) project at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), an agency of the United States Department of Commerce, provides a measure of confidence in the software tools used in computer forensic investigation. CFTT focuses on a class of tools called disk-imaging tools that copy or image hard disk drives. Forensic Software Testing Support Tools (FS-TST) is a software package that supports the testing of disk imaging tools. FS-TST includes 15 tools that perform hard disk initialization, faulty disk simulation, hard disk comparisons, extraction of information from the hard disk, and copying of disk or disk partitions. This NIST Interagency/Internal Report consists of two parts. Part A, which is this document, covers the planning, design and specification of testing tools included in the FS-TST package. Part B, which is a companion document, covers the test summary report. The testing was independently performed by VDG, Inc. under contract to NIST.
NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR) - 7103A
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computer forensics, disk imaging, software testing, testing support tools


Gavrila, S. and Fong, E. (2004), Forensic Software Testing Support Tools: Test Plan, Test Design Specification, Test Case Specification, NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR), National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD (Accessed April 15, 2024)
Created March 31, 2004, Updated October 12, 2021