Database of Software “Fingerprints” Expands to Include Mobile Apps
NIST’s National Software Reference Library, an essential tool for digital forensic investigators, is about to become a lot more powerful.
A group of computer scientists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has been working for more than 15 years on an impossible task: to maintain an up-to-date archive of the world’s software. Because the amount of software in circulation keeps growing, they will never enjoy the satisfaction of completing their assignment. But they have succeeded in creating the largest publicly known collection of its kind in the world.