Grep searches


New Member
Mar 9, 2007
Hi clarkwgriswold, nice topic :)

i tend to use grep from the shell. (linux)
what i grep depends on what im tryna find but,

for me a common search is a passing grep a list of words associated with webaccess.
Welcome, login, password, thankyou etc
This sometimes differentiates a users casual browsing from actively browsing, having purposely joined a website for certain content and going thro a login process.

saves poring over webcaches "looking" and refutes the "oh i just stumbled upon this"

grep: the anoraks leatherman :)
Dec 26, 2006
Good reply Kern.

What are some examples of strings you use (the actual string)

Maybe this thread can get some good responses and can sticky for others who do this a lot through different software.


New Member
Mar 9, 2007
clark. ,
theres nothing too complex i use, will have a dig around over the weekend on the other drives. mainly its tactical depending on scenario. Good point re strings and Sticky.

maybe we can come up with tactical lists a bit like the golden password lists Access decrypt uses.

Do You think it would be worthwhile categorising by type? ie

mail-words list ... login - pass - account - number - mailheaders
dodgy websites ... etc?
html mail .... getmsg showmessage showfolder
irc ... #channelname nicknames < some configfile words >
p2p ... unambiguous filenames / searchpatterns headers etc.

ive found traces of such in registry / slackspace / old registry backup
so it may also be useful for ppl to state where they've had success using these.

or maybe regexps to pattern match like so many chars & so many numbers for credit cards. no point duplicating these if their available in the forensic tk's is there?

horses for courses, rather than shotgun approach.

what are your thoughts?
Dec 31, 2006
If you are going to add a Sticky, maybe it could be broken up into product. For example when I go to training or conferences I like to swap AccessData Registry Viewer .rsr files (registry search strings for CC #s, UPS and FedEx tracking and similar), Golden Dictionaries (probably too large to post here), etc.

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