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FEX v5 Change Log

26 Nov 21 – v5.4.8.2320

CLI – New release and updates to FEX GUI CLI launcher.

Export – Added export to XLSX.

File List – Updated colors for File List views.

HashSet Create – Added exclude options.

OCR – Improved text parsing.

Project Vic – Updated Project Vic classification colors.

Recycle Bin – Added script to parse WinXP Info2 records.

Scripts – Backend updates to scripting engine.

10 Nov 21 – v5.4.8.2250

Email – Updated Search Email Columns script.

Other minor updates.

01 Nov 21 – v5.4.8.2232

Classification – Updated classifications options window. Added button to File List module.

File System – Added double-click in File List to drill into folders.

Load Case – Fixed issue loading case with expanded compound PDFs.

26 Oct 21 – v5.4.8.2198

Hash Set – Fixed freeze creating very large .db3 hash set.

Metadata – Export Metadata tab contents to .txt.

20 Oct 21 – v5.4.8.2182

Email – Added UTC to email message header in Display view.

Email – Added Clam AntiVirus to Email module.

Metadata – Improved extraction of .torrent files.

Metadata – Updated extract metadata script.

File List – Fixed issue where highlight of large list could freeze.

Reports – Fixed issue where bookmark comment did not display.

Other minor updates.

11 Oct 21 – v5.4.8.2150

L01 – Fixed issue with L01 being read by NUIX.

Scripts – RamDisk script updates.

Other minor updates.

07 Oct 21 – v5.4.8.2134

Byte Plot – Fixed display error viewing large files.

Encryption – Improved detection of 7z and PDF encryption.

Export – Improved export of files when saving to root folder of a drive.

Hash – Added xxHash64.

Video – Improved keyframe extraction.

Zip – Increased speed on zip detection.

Other minor GUI updates.

24 Sep 21 – v5.4.8.2084

Export – Solved issue creating root export folder on external USB.

Logs – View log text during process.

Registry – Updated Registry module icons.

Registry- Improved user account idenifification for UsrClass.dat and ntuser.dat.

21 Sep 21 – v5.4.8.2058

Checkbox – Improved checkbox responsiveness on large cases.

Column Text Filter – Added a separate Simple search with boolean AND, OR , NOT functionality.

Disk view – Improved disk view responsiveness on large cases.

Preview – Locked preview case remove by another instance of FEX.

12 Sep 21 – v5.4.8.2018

Analysis Programs > Encrypted Files – Identify encrypted files within archives.

Email – Improved column filter for To/From/Subject/Attachments.

Splash – Fixed startup error with 90 day dongle license.

Other minor updates.

01 Sep 21 – v5.4.8.1968

Encrypted Files – Improved detection of encrypted DOC, PPT, XLS.

Scripts – Added Analysis Programs > Journal Parser ($UsnJrnl~$J).

Zip Export – Improved handling of special char in file names.

Zip Export – Added warning message for decompression programs that do not handle > 250 char. path lengths.

Other minor updates.

22 Aug 21 – v5.4.8.1926

Activation – Wibu Codemeter update.

Case Number – Added this field to case information.

ClamAV – Update for new ClamAV config.

Column Filter – Added AND/OR logic to simple column filter.

Columns Default – Removed Flags, Classification.

Display – Update to display view for additional file previews.

DTSearch – Update to DTSearch DLL.

Email – Updates to EDB, EML, EMLX, MBOX, MSG, OST, PST.

Email – Added Read column.

File Carve – Fixed error carving TGA files.

Filters – Added additional email filters.

OCR – Added graphics Optical Character Recognition (OCR).

RamDisk Tools – Added VLC to RamDisk tools.

Script – Added xxHash capability.

17 Jun 2021 – v5.4.2.1678

Email – Updates to OST processing.

Email – Update to Outlook Caesar decoder for resident small attachments.

Registry – Updated to display REG_UNKNOWN key data.

7 Jun 2021 – v5.4.2.1650

Email – Fixed save and load error with very large PST files in Email module.

1 Jun 2021 – v5.4.2.1634

3rd Party Tools – Added IrfanView screen capture and thumbnails.

Export Files – Added option to export with file slack.

Export JSON – Added graphics and video tags to Project VIC JSON export.

Live Boot Deploy – Fixed issue ordering multiple devices in deploy script.

Metadata – Added Extract Metadata for Track Changes.

Reports – Fixed issue with landscape.

Reports – Improved email message display.

Other minor updates (icons etc.)

30 Apr 2021 – v5.4.2.1578

C4All – Fixed import error.

FileVault – Fixed unlock of APFS system container after Catalina update.

Progress Bar – Improved progress bar formatting.

Quick Word Reports – MS Word stability updates.

Signature/Display – Added Webp signature, preview, and gallery view.

19 Apr 2021 – v5.4.2.1536

Activation – Improved action when local dongle connectivity lost.

Activation – Network dongles switch when connectivity is lost.

Artifacts – Added GroupMe JSON.

Download – New certificate. (Note: Download may trigger Defender SmartScreen).

Keyword – Fixed issue with default keyword txt not populating on install.

Project Vic – Added graphics/video tag to export.

RamDisk Tools – Added Zimmerman Shell Bag Explorer.

Signature – Added Zip (Encrypted).

Translations Updates – Chinese, French, German, Indonesian, Spanish, Turkish.

Word Quick Report – Improved stability.

Other minor updates and improvements.

20 March 2021 – v5.4.2.1404

Clam Antivirus – New database update links.

Email Module – Added duplicate email script, filter and toolbar button.

Display – Improved DOCX display.

Other minor updates.

15 March 2021 – v5.4.2.1380

Email Module – Added right-click > Export > PDF File.

Evidence Module – Updated Check For Updates config. to check on launch.

File System Module – Updated Analysis Programs > Recycle Bin Match $I with $R

Non-English OS – Fixed launch issue from previous update.

Reports Module – Improved High-Res PDF export.

Other minor updates.

6 March 2021 – v5.4.2.1352

Codemeter – Update to 7.20a.

Extract Metadata – Added user permissions.

File Signature – Added ODT (Encrypted).

GetDataNetworkServer – Fixed issue when run as Windows Service.

Interpol Classification – CAM script update.

File Carve – Fixed issue with Minolta RAW returning large file size.

Quick Report – Added export email to PDF.

Quick Registry – Added Windows UserSID.

Recover Folders – Fix issue returning invalid files on HPFS.

Triage Report – Added UserSID section.

25 February 2021 – v5.4.2.1316

Display View – Updated Adobe.psd display for multiple images.

Display View – Updated OpenOffice.odt display.

Email Module – Added a display tab for the message header.

GUI Updates – Column separators, highlight and select colors, icons.

Script – Added File System > Analysis Programs > Folder Sizes.

Word Report – Added File System > Tools > Quick Word Report.

03 February 2021 – v5.4.2.1238

Classification – Added Interpol Baseline 4 category.

Email – Updated PST/OST Send-To-Module.

Reports – Improved high-res PDF export.

Reports – Improved sort by field.

14 January 2021 – v5.4.2.1180

Fixed German translation error causing freeze.

Update RamDisk scripts for new NirSoft versions.

Other minor script updates.

23 December 2020 – v5.4.2.1140

Email – PST processor update.

Filter – Fixed hash set match filter.

GUI – Improved forms ‘stay in front’.

Other minor updates.

16 December 2020 – v5.4.2.1122

Bitlocker/File Vault – Password is added to the column and Triage report.

Branch Plate – Added an icon to indicate sub-folders are plated.

Categories – Added date categories and improved speed.

Display – Fixed column offset for some SQL files.

Display – Improved Display view for MSOffice docs (added PPTX).

Email – Added tab views for Contacts and Calendar.

Email – Added NodeXL chart.

Email – Improved support for EDB, ESE, MBOX, PST, OST.

Email – Added script to collect email address.

French – Fixed translation error for hash sets.

JSON Export – Path extended to include device.

Logging – Fixed MBR count in log file.

MOV – Improved processing speed.

Reports – Added export options for blurred graphics.

Reports – Fixed intermittent error changing between report folders.

Updated FEX memory management.

Video – Improved video speed, sound and display.

21 October 2020 – v5.2.2.9978

Artifacts – Added Instagram direct chat.

Bookmark – Fixed error causing occasional crash adding bookmark.

Scripts – File System > Analysis Programs > Recycle Bin Match $I with $R.

Reports – Samples: Added Recycle Bin report to link $R file with $I metadata.

9 October 2020 – v5.2.2.9944

Reports – Fixed error creating ‘Report Templates’ folder.

5 October 2020 – v5.2.2.9936

Artifacts – Added Windows 10 Time Line.

exFat – Fixed issue reporting incorrect cluster allocation.

Display View – Improved display of SQLite tables.

Display View – Improved ODT display.

Gallery view – Improved blur.

Install – Fixed issue in last release with language versions installing in English.

Reports – Fixed freeze clicking between report folders.

Un-dock – Fixed issue where slow render of SQLite tables un-docked data view.

Other minor updates and improvements.

3 September 2020 – v5.2.2.9866

Artifacts – Added unallocated carve for search URLs.

FEX Imager Servlet – Now caters for remote imaging with Dynamic IP Changes.

Filename Search – Search Zip and RAR to 20 levels.

File System module – Updated File Info button.

FEX Viewer (free stand-alone product) now available for case review.

FEX Viewer Case Export – Added to config button shortcut in header toolbar.


Updated Extract Metadata button.

Added extraction of Video metadata.

Added extraction of Adobe XMP metadata.

MKV – Detect multiplexing and expand video thumbnails to track folders.

Text view – Added right-click, show printable characters only.

28 July 2020 – v5.2.2.9748

Launch Speed

Improved first install launch speed.

Improved launch speed.

Triage Report – Sorted registry so that current appears first.

Triage MAC – Updated Triage report with additional artifacts.

Other minor updates and improvements.

21 July 2020 – v5.2.2.9736

APFS – Improvements based on new Apple documentation.

Case – Fixed error opening FEX-Triage case.

Classification – Drop down menu added for Gallery View CEM Classification:

Project Vic




Display View – Updated preview of DOCX files in display view tab.

Expand Compound – Fixed error expanding 7z.

Project Vic – Changed export date times from local to UTC.

Scripts – Improved forcing display windows to front of screen.

14 July 2020 –

Artifacts – Added Browsers:

Safari Bookmarks

Safari Downloads

Safari Top Sites

Artifacts – Added MAC Operating System:

Mail BackupTOC

Recent iWork Numbers

Recent iWork Pages

Recent QuickTime

Recent TextEdit

Recent VLC

Custom Byte Carve – Quick Add Google Maps.

Display View – Updated DOCX display.

FEX-Imager changed to 64-bit to allow for Ex0, Lx01 conversion to E01 or L01.

Live Boot – Added button to Evidence module.

Reports – Fixed issue with blur on exported PDF.

Website Update – Check for Updates button now links with new download page.

29 June 2020 –

Email – Improved MBOX support.

22 June 2020 –

Bookmarks – Artifact bookmarking auto-creates bookmark folder.

Email – Improved MBOX support.

License Manager – Identifies locked dongle.

Live Boot – Select storage controller (Auto, IDE, SATA, BusLogic, LsiLogic, LsiLogicSAS).

Load Case – Improved load case time.

Preview – Button in Evidence module now default.

Registry – Improved Office MRU script.

Reports – Fixed AV in copy and paste of table row.

Reports – PDF resolution improved.

Reports – Updated report column sorting.

Reports – Updated sample templates.

11 June 2020 –

Email – Fixed error loading an old case with PST email.

06 June 2020 –

Email – Improved export from property view.

PDF – Fixed issue with expanded PDF causing freeze.

Reports – Export PDF in high resolution.

Video – Added .ts video file type.

03 June 2020 –

Artifacts – Improved search speed for Artifact files.

Artifacts – Added Chromium bookmarks and improved categorization.

Artifacts – Clear of 1601 blank Delphi date fields.

Evidence Processor – Changed button to Skip processing.

Gallery Cache – Improved gallery cache speed.

Metadata – Added metadata for HEIC files.

FEX-Imager – Speed improvements.

Recover File – Added drag and drop for case recovery files.

Remote – Improved network connection speed for remote devices.

Other minor updates and improvements.

7 May 2020 –

Artifacts – Minor fixes and improvements.

ClamAV – Updates to improve speed. Removed default check for PUA.

FEX-Imager – Released FEX-Imager v2 (located in install folder).

Gallery View – Fixed cache thumbnail error on small cache graphics causing a freeze.

Email – Added Email module support for mbox mail.

Email – Added Email module support for EDB mail.

Email – Fixed issue with blank OST email subject displaying message page offset.

21 Apr 2020 –

Bookmarks – Fixed issue re-bookmarking a bookmarked file.

Remote – Updated protocols (increase remote serve-let connection speed).

Other minor updates.

15 Apr 2020 –

Btilocker Partitions – Now return isEncrypted status.

Progress – Fixed issue with progress bar staying on-top of other applications.

Project VIC2 – Import and Export support added.

VDI – Updated support for Virtual Desktop image format.

9 Apr 2020 –

APFS – Updated drive decryption routine.

Artifacts – Script updates.

C4All – Add Cellebrite C4All export to FEX.

RAID6 – Added RAID 6 support.

Remote – Updated Add Remote network config.

31 Mar 2020 –

Merge Files – Right click menu option added.

Setup – Improved setup for non-admin installs. Removed auto-launch.

Permissions – Added NTFS Permissions viewer.

Other minor script updates and improvements.

17 Mar 2020 –

Live Boot – Fixed issue causing Live Boot to not launch.

13 Mar 2020 –

Artifacts – Added Viber for PC v11.

File Vault – Fixed pwd check for AES-128 encrypted volumes converted to APFS.

Hex Data Inspector – New layout.

Merge Files – File System right-click menu option to merge data.

RamDisk Tools – Added FFmpeg.

05 Mar 2020 –

Load Case – Fixed error loading case created from folder containing Zone files.

APFS – Improved support for MacQuisition decrypted APFS volumes.

Other minor script updates and improvements.

24 February 2020 –

Filters – Improved Read From File filter.

L01 – Improved detection of corrupt L01 or missing segments on add of evidence.

Scripts – Updates to File Name Search to handle large imported keyword lists.

Triage – Fixed error introduced in previous build causing Default + Triage to fail.

13 February 2020 –

Bookmarks – Fixed sub-folder sort error.

Bookmarks – Added Artifacts as a default folder.

Display View – Updated multi-video view buttons.

File Name Search – Updated array size for large keyword lists.

HEX View – Fixed flicker on double click.

Index Search – Added additional data view tabs (Hex, Display, Filesystem Record).

5 February 2020 –

Bookmarks – Non default folders get different icon.

Display – FFMPEG DLL update (fix OGG and WK3 freeze).

File Carve – Added USN Journal file type.

File Signature – Update to ESE file type to improve speed.

HEX – Update to HEX selection.

Keyword Search – Enabled multi select of keyword.txt import files.

Recover Folders – If Bad Cluster file recover set at 0 size.

Registry – Improved speed of ‘Send to Registry’.

Toolbar – Fixed minimize maximize error on toolbar.

29 January 2020 –

CLI Hash min/max size fix.

Metadata To Columns – Added ‘Extract Recycle Bin’ for $I values.

Recycle Bin – Decode INFO2 in File Metadata tab (after signature).

Recycle Bin – Added Zimmerman RBCmd to 3rd Party Tools.

Other minor script updates.

24 January 2020 –

Fixed exit error caused by Evidence Groups.

Metadata To Columns – Added LNK MAC Address.

Other minor script updates.

06 January 2020 –

Cases – Options > Cases path now preserved as base cases folder.

Checked Items – Fixed issue with checks no clearing green squares.

Script – Additional export options added to Export Files by Type.

Script – Added CLI launcher to Scripts\Evidence\CLI_Launcher.pas.

20 December 2019 –

Spanish – FEX GUI translation update.

Other – Minor updates.

17 December 2019 –

APFS – Updated detection of encrypted partitions.

Project Vic – Fixed issue with some Project Vic files not being recognized.

Scripts – Fixed issue resizing script forms.

11 December 2019 –

APFS – Fixed issue with encrypted partitions reporting unallocated space size.

Help – Updated Turkish v5 User Guide.

Reports – Fixed issue with Reports not reading some cached pictures.

Splash – Fixed issue with splash reporting an expiring license date.

5 December 2019 –

Backup Case – Writes to both screen and log when logging is selected.

Cache Images – Update for Gallery and Video views.

Thumbs-cache – Update to decode of thumbs indexes.

Fixed remove folder error introduced in previous release.

Fixed error in date filter tool introduced in previous release.

20 November 2019 –

Live Boot – Updates for APFS Live Boot support (file vault drives are not currently supported).

GUI Update – Windows themes added. Snap to monitor now supported.

Video Gallery – Significant speed increase in Video Gallery.

Video Gallery – Fixed corrupt video crashing gallery.

08 November 2019 –

APFS – Added support for 128bit encryption keys.

Live Boot – Added support for APFS.

Registry – Improved speed of script buttons.

Tumbs.db – Fixed display of thumb image.

Video View – Fix crash caused by corrupt video.

29 October 2019 –

APFS – Fix issue prompting for encryption password.

Filters – Added registry signature filter.

Filters – Updated Registry drop down filter.

L01 write – Increased L01 write segment size.

Triage – Improved triage speed.

22 October 2019 –

APFS Encryption – Now handles multiple volume keys in the KeyBag.

Expand Compound – Fixed issue with signature analysis of children.

Scripts – Added script to count zero sectors.

7Zip – Improved expansion function.

17 October 2019 –

Categories View – Fixed error displaying categories.

Evidence – Recent Cases double click during case.

Evidence – Added case modified date to displayed information.

Evidence – Case names in bold font for recent cases.

L01 – Improved read speed.

Skin Tone drop down filter added (must run skin tone first).

ZMODO video file type added for signature and carving.

14 October 2019 –

Evidence – Fixed issue with drag and drop of multiple evidence files.

German/Spanish – Fixed MBR translation error.

Spanish – Fixed triage report.

Other minor updates.

10 October 2019 – – Major Version Release
Version 5 Release Notes