Title: Digital forensics in private Seafile cloud storage from both client and server side

Authors: Asgarali Bouyer; Mojtaba Zirak

Addresses: Department of Computer Engineering, Azarbaijan Shahid Madani University, Tabriz, Iran ' Department of Computer Engineering, Islamic Azad University, Miyandoab Branch, Miyandoab, Iran

Abstract: Nowadays, some people and organisations are unwilling to store their information on public clouds due to security and privacy problems. With increased use of established cloud services by cloud software, it is possible for malicious users to use these services for criminal purposes, so digital forensic investigations of these cloud services are necessary. Seafile cloud storage is one of popular cloud that is free and open source. In this paper, we document a series of digital forensic experiments on Seafile cloud storage service with the aim of providing forensic researchers and practitioners on both the client and server sides of Seafile. Data remnants are checked on client systems in virtual machines which running Windows 10 Home operating system and on a server with Windows Server 2012 R2 operating system. Different circumstances are created for digital forensic examinations. Correspondingly, Seafile client software and multiple browsers are used for interaction with Seafile cloud server.

Keywords: cloud computing; digital forensics; Seafile; cloud forensics; open source cloud storage.

DOI: 10.1504/IJESDF.2021.10031878

International Journal of Electronic Security and Digital Forensics, 2021 Vol.13 No.3, pp.233 - 267

Received: 15 Oct 2019
Accepted: 01 Mar 2020

Published online: 12 May 2021 *

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