Chapter 1: Dental Hygiene: Introduction to Embedded Security
Chapter 2: Reaching Out, Touching Me, Touching You: Hardware Peripheral Interfaces
Chapter 3: Casing the Joint: Identifying Components and Gathering Information
Chapter 4: Bull in a Porcelain Shop: Introducing Fault Injection
Chapter 5: Don’t Lick the Probe: How to Inject Faults
Chapter 6: Bench Time: Fault Injection Lab
Chapter 7: X Marks the Spot: Trezor One Wallet Memory Dump
Chapter 8: I’ve Got the Power: Introduction to Power Analysis
Chapter 9: Bench Time: Simple Power Analysis
Chapter 10: Splitting the Difference: Differential Power Analysis
Chapter 11: Gettin’ Nerdy with It: Advanced Power Analysis
Chapter 12: Bench Time: Differential Power Analysis
Chapter 13: No Kiddin’: Real-Life Examples
Chapter 14: Think of the Children: Countermeasures, Certifications, and Goodbytes
Appendix A: Maxing Out Your Credit Card: Setting Up a Test Lab
Appendix B: All Your Base Are Belong to Us: Popular Pinouts
The Hardware Hacking Handbook
Embedded devices are chip-size microcomputers small enough to be included in the structure of the object they control, and they’re everywhere—in phones, cars, credit cards, laptops, medical equipment, even critical infrastructure. This means understanding their security is critical. The Hardware Hacking Handbook takes you deep inside different types of embedded systems, revealing the designs, components, security limits, and reverse-engineering challenges you need to know for executing effective hardware attacks.
Written with wit and infused with hands-on lab experiments, this handbook puts you in the role of an attacker interested in breaking security to do good. Starting with a crash course on the architecture of embedded devices, threat modeling, and attack trees, you’ll go on to explore hardware interfaces, ports and communication protocols, electrical signaling, tips for analyzing firmware images, and more. Along the way, you’ll use a home testing lab to perform fault-injection, side-channel (SCA), and simple and differential power analysis (SPA/DPA) attacks on a variety of real devices, such as a crypto wallet. The authors also share insights into real-life attacks on embedded systems, including Sony’s PlayStation 3, the Xbox 360, and Philips Hue lights, and provide an appendix of the equipment needed for your hardware hacking lab – like a multimeter and an oscilloscope – with options for every type of budget.
- How to model security threats, using attacker profiles, assets, objectives, and countermeasures
- Electrical basics that will help you understand communication interfaces, signaling, and measurement
- How to identify injection points for executing clock, voltage, electromagnetic, laser, and body-biasing fault attacks, as well as practical injection tips
- How to use timing and power analysis attacks to extract passwords and cryptographic keys
- Techniques for leveling up both simple and differential power analysis, from practical measurement tips to filtering, processing, and visualization
Whether you’re an industry engineer tasked with understanding these attacks, a student starting out in the field, or an electronics hobbyist curious about replicating existing work, The Hardware Hacking Handbook is an indispensable resource – one you’ll always want to have onhand.
"I really wished such a book existed when I started with researching hardware hacking a few years ago. It introduces all the relevant background that’s needed for hardware hacking along with references to further reading (the references are really nice to have for more intermediate readers). It also provides many practical examples that helps you see why the concepts are important and how they are applied."
—Yifan Lu, Security Researcher
"One of the most complete introductions to hardware hacking I’ve seen . . . provide[s] you something you wouldn't learn elsewhere."
—Arya Voronova, Hackaday
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