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How to use Samsung Bootloader (physical)
Posted by Jack H. Ward on 05 October 2016 02:13 PM

Important:

With the forensic process, it is important to note that, with embedded systems such as smart devices, some data must be written to the device in order to communicate with it. Depending on the type of device, the data that is written will change. However, in order to follow the principles of forensics, the data that is written is documented and noted as part of the process. This process is repeatable with multiple devices and is considered forensically sound. In each section, the details of the process can be found. The methods used by DS are designed to write the minimal amount of data to the device to allow for a forensically stable data acquisition.

In the current version of DS, acquisition of Samsung devices flashed via Odin can be performed only via manual plug-in selection.

Please keep in mind that the firmware of your device will be changed as a result of acquisition by this plug-in.

Preparing Device for Acquisition

DS allows you to acquire Samsung devices running Android that were flashed via the Odin tool.

To prepare a Samsung smartphone flashed using the Odin tool for acquisition, put it into the Download mode:

  1. Turn off the device.
  2. Press and hold the Volume Down, Home, and Power buttons, all at the same time.
  3. Release the buttons only when the “Warning!” message appears.
  4. Press the Volume Up
  5. When your device shows a green Android icon with the “Downloading… Do not turn off target” text under it, connect it to your PC.

Data Acquisition

DS allows you to acquire Samsung smartphones flashed via Odin using the Android Samsung Bootloader Physical plug-in.

To perform acquisition, a recovery image file has to be written into your device memory. Once it is done, you will need to reboot your device in the Recovery mode.

To acquire the device via manual plug-in selection:

  1. Prepare the device for acquisition.
  2. Follow the standard process of acquisition.
  3. On the Model Selection page of the wizard, select the model of your device and click Continue.
  4. On the Connection Selection page, select the connection type and click Start Acquisition.
  5. The Acquisition page opens.
  6. Wait while a recovery image file is being written into your device memory. The progress is displayed in the Flashing status line.
  7. Once DS has written the recovery image file into your device memory, a dialog window opens with an instruction on how to reboot your device in the Recovery mode. Follow the instruction and reboot your device.
  8. After your device is rebooted in the Recovery mode, the acquisition starts automatically. The progress of acquiring the flash partitions and the file system of your device is displayed in the Flash Partitions and File System status lines, respectively.
  9. After the acquisition finishes, click Finish.
  10. The case is saved and you can disconnect the device from the computer.

Acquired Data

The Android Samsung Bootloader Physical plug-in allows you to acquire the full filesystem and flash memory of a Samsung device flashed via Odin.

Supported Models

The Android Samsung Bootloader Physical plug-in allows you to acquire the following Samsung devices flashed via Odin:

  • Samsung Galaxy S5 (SM-G900P)
  • Samsung Galaxy S6 (SM-G920I)
  • Samsung Galaxy S6 (SM-G920F)
  • Samsung Galaxy S6 (SM-G920K)
  • Samsung Galaxy S6 (SM-G920L)
  • Samsung Galaxy S6 (SM-G920IP)
  • Samsung Galaxy S6 (SM-G920S)

 

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