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A single page consists of a header, values and an index.
A page does not need to be entirely filled, therefore a page has ‘page unallocated space’ which can contain remnant data.
ESE uses transaction logs, which in theory could be used to analyze different versions of the data and mutations.
However version analysis currently is in a state of infancy.
It actually can be challenging to disable it so one can conclude that Windows Search is becoming a relevant source of information in forensic analysis of Windows systems.
What is not widely known is that Windows Search uses the Extensible Storage Engine (ESE) to store its data.
Little information about forensic investigation of ESE databases in general, seem to have been published in the public domain. Active Directory and Windows Search use the ESENT version.
One is the integration of Windows (Desktop) Search into the operating system.
As a consequence, it is unclear how well different forensic tools support the ESE database format. Microsoft has kept the specification of ESE database format closed, although the Jet Blue API has been partially documented on MSDN.
Several years after the introduction of Windows Vista and Windows Search, currently only a handful of forensic analysis tools seem to provide support for the Windows Search database even though a Windows Search database can be a valuable source of evidence. The information in this document was obtained by the information available on the Internet and reverse engineering of the file format.
I therefore started the libesedb project in September 2009. Different versions of Windows NT use different revisions of ESE, e.g.
Findings from the libesedb projects and some of Mark Woan’s Ese Db Viewer have been integrated in this document. Windows XP uses version 0x620 revision 9, Windows Vista uses version 0x620 revision 12 and Windows 7 uses version 0x620 revision 17.
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The ‘zeroing’ can be performed manually, by eseutil, or automatically, during online backup.