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Mobile Forensic Reference Materials: a Methodology and Reification



Wayne Jansen, Aurelien M. Delaitre


This report concerns the theoretical and practical issues with automatically populating mobile devices with reference test data for use as reference materials in validation of forensic tools. It describes an application and data set developed to populate identity modules and highlights subtleties involved in the process. Intriguing results attained by recent versions of commonly-used forensic tools when used to recover the populated data are also discussed. The results indicate that reference materials can be used to identify a variety of inaccuracies that exist in present-day forensic tools.
NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR) - 7617
Report Number


computer forensics, forensic tool validation, mobile devices


Jansen, W. and Delaitre, A. (2009), Mobile Forensic Reference Materials: a Methodology and Reification, NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR), National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, [online],, (Accessed July 15, 2024)


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Created October 13, 2009, Updated October 14, 2021