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       hfind - Lookup a hash value in a hash database


       hfind [-i db_type ] [-f lookup_file ] [-eq] db_file [hashes]


       hfind looks up hash values in a database using a binary search algorithm.  This allows one
       to easily create a hash database and identify if a file is known or not.   It  works  with
       the NIST National Software Reference Library (NSRL) and the output of 'md5sum'.

       Before  the  database  can be used by 'hfind', an index file must be created with the '-i'

       This tool is needed for efficiency.  Most text-based databases do not  have  fixed  length
       entries  and  are  sometimes not sorted.  The hfind tool will create an index file that is
       sorted and has fixed-length entries.  This allows for fast lookups using a  binary  search
       algorithm instead of a linear search such as 'grep'.


       -i db_type
              Create  an index file for the database.  This step must be done before a lookup can
              be performed. The 'db_type' argument specifies the database type (i.e. nsrl-md5  or
              md5sum).  See section below.

       -f lookup_file
              Specify the location of a file that contains one hash value per line.  These hashes
              will be looked up in the database.

       -e     Extended mode.  Additional information besides just the name is printed.  (Does not
              apply for all hash database types).

       -q     Quick  mode.   Instead  of  displaying the corresponding information with the hash,
              just display 0 if the hash was not found and 1 if it was.  If this  flag  is  used,
              then only one hash can be given at a time.

       -V     Display version

              The location of the hash database file.

              The hashes to lookup.  If they are not supplied on the command line, STDIN is used.
              If index files exist for both SHA-1 and MD5 hashes, then both types of  hashes  can
              be given at runtime.


       hfind  uses an index file to perform a binary search for a hash value. This is much faster
       than using 'grep', which will do a linear search.  Before  a  hash  database  is  used,  a
       corresponding index file must be created.  This is done with the '-i' option to hfind.

       The  resulting  index  file  will be named based on the database file name.  The name will
       have the original name following by the hash type (sha1 or md5) followed by  '.idx'.   For
       example, creating an MD5 hash index of the NIST NSRL results in 'NSRLFile.txt-md5.idx' and
       the SHA-1 index results in 'NSRLFile.txt-sha1.idx'.

       The file has two columns.  Each entry is sorted by the first column,  which  is  the  hash
       value.   The  second column has the byte offset of the corresponding entry in the original
       file.  So, when a hash is found in the index, the offset  is  recorded  and  then  'hfind'
       seeks to the entry in the original database.

       The  following  input  types are valid.  For NSRL, 'nsrl-md5' and ┬┤nsrl-sha1' can be used.
       The difference is which hash value the index is sorted by.  The 'md5sum' value can also be
       used  to  sort  and  index  "home  made"  databases.  'hfind' can take data in both common

           MD5 (test.txt) = 76b1f4de1522c20b67acc132937cf82e


           76b1f4de1522c20b67acc132937cf82e        test.txt


       To create an MD5 index file for NIST NSRL:

           # hfind -i nsrl-md5 /usr/local/hash/nsrl/NSRLFile.txt

       To lookup a value in the NSRL:

           # hfind /usr/local/hash/nsrl/NSRLFile.txt 76b1f4de1522c20b67acc132937cf82e

           76b1f4de1522c20b67acc132937cf82e  Hash Not Found

       You can even do both SHA-1 and MD5 if you want:

           # hfind -i nsrl-sha1 /usr/local/hash/nsrl/NSRLFile.txt

           # hfind /usr/local/hash/nsrl/NSRLFile.txt

           76b1f4de1522c20b67acc132937cf82e  Hash Not Found

           80001A80B3F1B80076B297CEE8805AAA04E1B5BA  thrdcore.cpp

       To make a database of critical binaries of a trusted system, use 'md5sum':

           # md5sum /bin/* /sbin/* /usr/bin/*  /usr/bin/*  /usr/local/bin/*  /usr/local/sbin/*  >

           # hfind -i md5sum system.md5

       To look entries up, the following will work:

           # hfind system.md5 76b1f4de1522c20b67acc132937cf82e

           76b1f4de1522c20b67acc132937cf82e  Hash Not Found


           # md5sum -q /bin/* | hfind system.md5

           928682269cd3edb1acdf9a7f7e606ff2  /bin/bash



           # md5sum -q /bin/* > bin.md5

           # hfind -f bin.md5 system.md5

           928682269cd3edb1acdf9a7f7e606ff2  /bin/bash




       The NIST National Software Reference Library (NSRL) can be found at


       Distributed  under  the  Common  Public  License,  found in the cpl1.0.txt file in the The
       Sleuth Kit licenses directory.


       Brian Carrier <carrier at sleuthkit dot org>

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