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TaskForce Changelog

2020.7.1

October 1, 2020

New Features

RAID:

  • Improved RAID autodetection. Fine-tuned algorithms will narrow the possible configurations down to a single variant more frequently
  • When multiple RAID assumptions are suggested, they are listed in the order of probability
  • New Error tag is displayed if read errors are encountered during RAID autodetection. The tag's tooltip shows read error count
  • Improved handling of a damaged drive when one of RAID devices freezes while reading sectors
  • Memory use optimized for RAID autodetection involving more than 8 devices
  • Maximum number of autochecked configurations increased from 500,000 to 100,000,000
  • RAID 5. Ability to add a Missing Device and start another RAID autodetection
  • RAID 5 based on mdadm. Automatic addition of a Missing Device
  • Summary hint with recommendations is shown if RAID autodetection failed to find the right RAID configuration

Network setup + Imaging to server:

  • DFS (Distributed File System) supported
  • Connect dialog allows specifying a full network folder path
  • New network settings: DNS nameserver, Default gateway
  • Ability to work in networks having SMBv2 strictly disabled

Bugfixes

Imaging:

  • The following message was missing in the imaging log: Source device HPA was set to native max address until power cycle: 123,123,123
  • Imaging could not be started if limiting the target device to source size by HPA failed
  • Rare imaging interruption when attempting to start selective head imaging with some models of Toshiba drives
  • Imaging (Hashing, Wiping, as well) could not be started against NetAPP SAS drives
  • Disable read-look ahead setting was not working properly
  • Resuming imaging for RAID wasn't possible after pausing imaging and changing the RAID configuration

Other fixes:

  • RAID. Serial numbers of selected devices were not always entirely visible on RAID configuration page
  • RAID. Add devices buttons and Remove device area missing when using screen tablet with 6+ devices selected
  • Storage drive automounting now works in Target mode only. Previously, it was running for both Source and Target modes.
  • Fixed a few minor issues with case reports created for RAID devices
  • Case import completed report might have no detailed information inside

2020.7

July 30, 2020

New Features

RAID support:

  • Autodetection of RAID configuration
  • Convenient assembly with partition preview
  • Supported RAID types: RAID 0, 1, 5 and JBOD
  • Missing drive support in RAID 5
  • Supported file systems for RAID autodetection: NTFS, ext4/3/2

Imaging:

  • Imaging assembled RAID array or its individual partitions
  • Add, change and delete passes of a paused imaging session
  • E01 evidence number, investigator, description are added to the final imaging report
  • Ability to restore image file to 4Kn drive
  • Save report in the target folder option became enabled by default

Case management:

  • SAVE TO button on Reports page. Allows to quickly save and export selected reports in a single ZIP file.
  • Remote work folder. Performance optimization for cases when 15+ tasks are running simultaneously.
  • Improved report search for non-English languages
  • Ability to reindex currently selected Work Folder

Support of SAS drives with sector size above 4096 sectors

UI changes on the device selection panel

  • Fast device actions: Power on/off, Reidentify, Unmount storage
  • Device power indication

Home page. Specific port indicated for each device report


Bugfixes

  • Imaging to E01 could not get started if source device’s serial number was longer than 50 characters
  • Resuming imaging session could fail if target image folder is password-protected
  • Out of memory error while importing large work folder package files
  • Possible minor issues with segmented hashes after imaging paused and resumed
  • Fixed HTML styling when a case report is opened outside TaskForce
  • Seagate SSD 600 Pro drive was not detected in the device selection panel
  • Incorrect values of Last open date in Cases page

2020.3.1

May 22, 2020

Changes

  • Revamped Chinese texts
  • Mistakes in Chinese and Japanese translations

2020.3

March 26, 2020

New Features

Imaging:

Segmented hashes – an alternative to linear hashing. It will come in handy when dealing with damaged drives or providing enhanced resiliency against data corruption.

Bugfixes

  • TaskForce browser-cached data was not always refreshed after firmware update
  • Target files with long Chinese/Japanese names could not be created
  • Few minor issues when imaging into E01 files

2020.2

February 27, 2020

New Features

Imaging:

  • E01 segmented files (E01, E02, etc) supported
  • Web API, /start-image call. New targetFile parameter allowing to customize target image file name

Auto-mount of VeraCrypt-encrypted Storage when its diagnostics completes

Bugfixes

  • Few minor issues when doing case import from Storage
  • Cancel button was not working during case export

2020.1

February 10, 2020

New Features

Imaging:

  • Create encrypted password-protected VeraCrypt volume on a target drive to store images
  • Recent folder tiles in Device panel's File section to speed up target file location choice
  • Optimization of TaskForce memory usage when imaging to E01
  • Visual checkmarks in reports to compare hashes during and after imaging

Case management:

  • Case export to a USB stick or any other Storage
  • Case import from a USB stick or any other Storage
  • Deletion of cases and reports

User experience improvements:

  • Revamped UI across the whole interface
  • File browser: faster folder opening, cleaner look & feel
  • More accessible smartphone UI

Support of SAS drives with non-standard sector sizes: 520, 528, 4080 bytes, etc

Settings page shows MAC addresses of both TaskForce Ethernet ports

Web API, /check-task call:

  • New query parameter - source. Example: /api/check-task?source=SATA5
  • New result fields: source, completionDate

Manual is now built into TaskForce firmware


Bugfixes

Imaging:

  • Issue mounting Oracle ZFS NAS to store image files
  • It was impossible to select a network target folder with password-protected Guest account
  • Small sector blocks were not visible in the imaging map progress bar

Other fixes:

  • Possible E01 validation issue when selecting huge 10TB+ image
  • Occasional error when formatting a target drive to Storage with exFAT
  • FalseThe disk claims that it won't read multiple sectors at a time message in Diagnostics (rare case)
  • Cancel button wasn't properly working during the operations:  Identifying device, Creating target file, Checking source device

2019.9

October 3, 2019

New Features

Imaging

  • Express mode - a self-launching imaging mode. Plugging a source drive into port automatically starts imaging process
  • Imaging by selected heads. Support for most of Seagate, WD, Hitachi, Toshiba models
  • Suggestion to disable damaged/degraded heads when starting the first imaging session

Diagnostics

  • Detection of degraded and damaged heads
  • By-head speed graphs
  • Showing SMART’s Power on Time in human-readable form

Storages

  • Automounting of Storage drives
  • Imaging into more than one E01/Raw file on Storage
  • Save report in the target folder option supported
  • Showing available space and image files Storage drive contains
  • Stricter check and confirmation request when someone attempts to wipe Storage
  • Open file selection dialog after one clicks Storage in the device selection panel
  • Ability to resume imaging session to compressed E01 located on Storage

Drive identification is now 3-4 times faster when you open the device selection panel

Support of damaged USB flash drives which are in read-only mode

Improved recognition of vendor-specific SMART attributes


Bugfixes

Imaging

  • It was impossible to resume imaging session after target device write error
  • Errors when writing USB drives with a capacity above 2 TB
  • SATA drive plugged into SAS port could get paused after source drive hung up
  • Possible errors when imaging 4kN SAS drive to 4kN SATA drive
  • Export of imaged sector list was failing when CSV file became larger than 5 MB
  • Empty image file could be created when imaging fails to start
  • Few corner-case issues when using reverse imaging passes

Other fixes

  • File selection dialog was showing E01 image size instead of real file size
  • Diagnostics. Last significant work time interval was not always correct
  • False detection of DCO max address limitation in rare cases

2019.7

July 11, 2019

New Features

Introduction of simple Web API with 5 commands:

  • /start-image – launches an imaging session
  • /check-task – returns the status of an imaging task
  • /scan-devices – find all source drives available for imaging
  • /stop-task – stops imaging session
  • /help – opens API documentation

New system setting: Store shared folder logins and passwords in TaskForce

Case ID is now displayed in the device selection window.

Bugfixes

  • Target drive serial numbers were missing in imaging reports
  • Restoring file image from password-protected network folder denied
  • File selection window was too wide when open on mobile phone
  • WrappedApiResultException when parsing partition with bad sectors

2019.4.1

May 14, 2019

Bugfixes

  • Imaging to a large non-compressed E01 file located on a target device sometimes interrupted due to a write error
  • Very rare internal out-of-memory error when working with E01 files on target device

2019.4

April 29, 2019

New Features

  • Imaging
    • Image files can be created on exFAT-formatted target drives
    • Support of imaging to E01 compressed files
    • Imaging to E01. Performance increase by 100%.
    • Imaging. Performance enhancement for SAS ports: 100-200% increase depending on the combination of source and target types
  • Support of remote work folder to store case data on a network server
  • Cases. New option Set case details before task start
  • Diagnostics. Drive temperature graph and drive working timespans
  • Wiping. The speed of random and LBA pattern methods accelerated by 100%
  • New method of TaskForce firmware update: from USB stick
  • Japanese language support

Bugfixes

  • E01 files. Partitions might not be found in other forensic tools (X-Ways, Encase)
  • It was impossible to select an image file with “+” sign in its filename
  • USB drives. Intermittent unsuccessful identification of certain USB drives
  • INTEL SSDSC2KB240G7 solid-state drive model was not identifiable
  • False Device isn't connected to TaskForce or is not responding message on certain enterprise SAS drives
  • Diagnostics. Rare incorrect According to the status register, circuit board is malfunctioning message for drives on SAS ports
  • Diagnostics. Estimated imaging time indication was missing for old drives with capacity below < 7 GB
  • Diagnostics. Short circuit diagnosis could be missing when short circuit is detected.

2018.12

December 20, 2018

New Features

  • NVMe support!
  • Support of M.2, Thunderbolt, and Apple PCIe extension modules
  • Imaging
    • The option to image all sectors with data
      Supported file systems: NTFS, APFS, Ext 2/3/4, HFS, HFS+, ExFAT, FAT16, FAT32
    • Unclip HPA until power cycle on source drives
    • Pause and Resume features support for pre-hash and post-hash calculation during imaging session
    • SAS port. Performance increase by 25%
    • Improved imaging of damaged drives
    • New setting Save report in the target folder when imaging to a file
    • E01 metadata automatically filled with case ID, investigator, description from the case management system
  • User interface
    • Fully revamped UI with center-aligned pages
    • Better UI version for smartphones
    • Short values (1K, 1M, 1G, 1T) supported in all LBA text boxes
      Example: 3M will transform into 3,000,000
  • 4K sector size support on SATA, SAS, USB drives
  • Wiping. Added methods: NIST 800-88, DOD 5220, Random, LBA Number
  • System menu. Added Release notes page and Toggle full screen feature

Bugfixes

  • USB devices. On certain devices, bad sectors were detected but not reported in the logs
  • Warning when opening E01 file in Encase created by Atola TaskForce
  • HPA/DCO indication missing on SATA devices plugged to SAS ports
  • Issues identifying drives in PUIS mode
  • Unclip HPA/DCO not working on IDE drives
  • Several translation inaccuracies in the Chinese version

2018.8

September 3, 2018

New Features

  • Imaging
    • Overall performance increase by 25% when imaging to network shared folders
    • Imaging presets with export/import features
    • Export of imaged/non-imaged/error sectors into a file
    • Sparse file support when writing into target images
    • Improved damaged drive support for disks that freeze in the course of imaging
    • Option to automatically limit target drive capacity to match that of the source via HPA
  • Hashing. 100% performance increase of double-hash (MD5+SHA1) calculation reaching 650 MB/s
  • Case management
    • Export of one or multiple cases into a file
    • Import of cases from a file
    • Navigation between reports via new arrow buttons in the bottom panel
    • Improvement in printing of multiple reports
  • Diagnostics. Improved Media Surface check for solid-state drives
  • SAS drives. SMART support
  • SATA drives. Added PHY link in the bottom panel
  • E01 metadata is now automatically filled from the corresponding case

Bugfixes

  • Imaging. Improved graph animation smoothness for large screen resolutions
  • Imaging. After read error, error type was not showing in a corresponding log message
  • Diagnostics. Removed incorrect error message for partitions larger than 8TB
  • Issue when a task may not start when drive power is off
  • E01 files. Invalid E01 metadata when non-Latin characters are used in Description and Investigator fields
  • Issue with SATA drives in PUIS mode not getting identified in rare cases
  • Multiple UI fixes

2018.1.3

August 7, 2018

New Features

  • Imaging to password-protected servers and network folders
  • Static IP mode for both 10Gbit Ethernet ports

2018.1.2

July 1, 2018

Chinese language support

2018.1.1

June 6, 2018

Bugfixes

  • Diagnose. Error when scanning a partition of more than 2TB size
  • Activation. Intermittent error during the first system activation
  • Fixed other minor issues

2018.1

May 15, 2018

Initial release