Guidance Software’s Tableau Unit recently released Tableau™ Password Recovery, a hardware + software solution to accelerate password attacks on protected files, disks, and other containers.
It’s always fun to play with new toys, and when the new hotness is a purpose-built, linearly scalable, password-cracking behemoth, how can one not share? I did a bit of digging while running a two-server Tableau Password Recovery setup through its paces in our labs here in Pasadena, California, and while I found many good tools and tutorials for password cracking, I found it difficult to differentiate the theoretically possible from the actually practical. Here are some thoughts from that process.
It’s fast, it's fourth-generation, and it’s a forensic investigator’s dream come true: We’re talking about the brand new Tableau TD2u forensic duplicator, which can image at speeds in excess of 15 gigabytes per minute while concurrently generating MD5 and SHA-1 hashes.
When Guidance Software originally released the Tableau TD3 forensic imaging system back in 2012, it was revolutionary. Forensic investigators had asked for and eagerly awaited innovations like the color touchscreen user interface, modular architecture, network imaging, and remote triage capabilities. The TD3 also supported write-blocked imaging of SATA, IDE, SAS, FireWire, USB 3.0, and iSCSI (network) storage devices. In 2013, Forensic 4Cast voters named it the Forensic Hardware Tool of the Year. Since its launch, the TD3 development team has relentlessly focused on adding new features, capabilities and options that help investigators get more work done faster, with more options. So if the last time you looked at TD3 was back in 2012, it may be time to take another look.