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Whitepaper: The Linux Kernel and the Forensic Acquisition of Hard Disks With an Odd Number of Sectors

by Utica CollegeJan 01, 2008

This paper published by Utica College introduces the process of making a bit-for-bit copy, or image file, of a piece of media. It concludes with experiment conducted on version 2.6 of Linux kernel corrects the defect found in version 2.4 and earlier versions that prevented a user land process from accessing the last sector of a hard drive or partition that has an odd number of sectors. No official version of the Linux kernel, up through and including version 2.4, allowed a user land process to access the last sector of a hard disk or hard disk partition with an odd number of sectors.