What changed on this EC2 installation?

Traditionally, I would make a gold build image of the base install to create a hash library. Later providing the opportunity to conduct a hash analysis to help limit the scope of what had changed since the system’s initial installation. What if I told you that you could narrow this down to 512K blocks of what data changed without any analysis?

The only catch is your AMI build pipeline or default AWS image needs a base snapshot that the list_changed_blocks() method can use for comparison.

$ python3 Snapshot-4n6ir-Imager.py --region us-east-2 --snapshot snap-08d6b515831f89767 --compare --base snap-0de67428c1be121f4
Snapshot 4n6ir Imager v0.1.9

Region: 	us-east-2
Snapshot: 	snap-08d6b515831f89767

100%|██████████████████████████████████████| 1046/1046 [00:00<00:00, 2053952.24it/s]

API Quantity: 	1046
Download Size: 	0.51 GB

The best part about having a base snapshot as part of your process to compare is the significant volume reduction that the investigator needs to triage! The list_changed_blocks() method returns a block access token for the changed second block that can be downloaded by the get_snapshot_block() process.

$ python3 Snapshot-4n6ir-Imager.py --region us-east-2 --snapshot snap-08d6b515831f89767 --changed --base snap-0de67428c1be121f4

I found this useful, so I wanted to get the capability included in the Snapshot 4n6ir Imager python script for others.

Happy Coding,

John Lukach

$ wget https://cloud.4n6ir.com/scripts/Snapshot-4n6ir-Imager.py.gz
$ wget https://cloud.4n6ir.com/scripts/Snapshot-4n6ir-Imager.sha256.txt
$ gunzip Snapshot-4n6ir-Imager.py.gz
$ shasum -a 256 Snapshot-4n6ir-Imager.py 
f923db2cf22270e775856b11ed9ac2ad7acab89fa77ca36c6b8481233c54234e  Snapshot-4n6ir-Imager.py