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How to read .dropbox.device file?

How to read .dropbox.device file?

Dirty_White_Hat
Explorer | Level 4
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From discussions here I see that the `.dropbox.device` is used to remember the settings for a particular drive.

I am performing forensics on a recovered USB drive. It has a `.dropbox.device` file on it now. This is obviously evidence that the USB drive was plugged in to a computer running DropBox.

The question is what can I learn from reading this file? It's in an unknown binary format so I need some sort of tool to read it. Is there a developer tool like this that I can get access to?

Things I would want to learn:

  • Were files from the USB uploaded?
  • What DropBox user account accessed this device?

This sort of information would help me to determine if someone has compromised information from this device and who!

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Jay
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Hi @Dirty_White_Hat, currently there isn't any method to format the .dropbox.device file in a readable format for security and privacy purposes.

 

If you wish, you can suggest this change for others to vote on, so the dev team can look into this in future.


Jay
Community Moderator @ Dropbox
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Mark
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There is no tool to access this I'm afraid its an encrypted part of the Dropbox system and that is it. 


 


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Dirty_White_Hat
Explorer | Level 4
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Oof, well someone on the developer team has the ability to read it. It sounds like you're saying it's not going to be released to the public.

Jay
Dropbox Staff
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Hi @Dirty_White_Hat, currently there isn't any method to format the .dropbox.device file in a readable format for security and privacy purposes.

 

If you wish, you can suggest this change for others to vote on, so the dev team can look into this in future.


Jay
Community Moderator @ Dropbox
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