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This web site was started to complement the YouTube channel Make Me Hack and includes information, tutorials, description of tools and techniques for hacking and reverse engineering hardware devices.

How To Get The Firmware

I released the fourth episode of the series Hardware Hacking Tutorial in the Make Me Hack YouTube channel. This episode is about “How To Get The Firmware”.

The Hardware Hacking Tutorial series is to share information on how to do hardware hacking and how to do reverse engineering. The series is useful both for beginners and experts.

If you are struggling to get the firmware out of your device, this is the video for you!

In this video I will explain the possible ways we can use to to get the firmware of our IoT device.… Read the rest

How to Find The JTAG Interface

I released the third episode of the series Hardware Hacking Tutorialin the Make Me Hack YouTube channel. This episode is about “How To Find The JTAG Interface”.

The Hardware Hacking Tutorial series is to share information on how to do hardware hacking and how to do reverse engineering. The series is useful both for beginners and experts.

In this video I will introduce the JTAG interface, an interface that you can find on almost all of your IoT devices like routers, webcams, electronic toys, TV remotes and so on.… Read the rest

How To Find The UART Interface

I released the second episode of the series Hardware Hacking Tutorialin the Make Me Hack YouTube channel. This episode is about “How To Find The UART Interface”.

The Hardware Hacking Tutorial series is to share information on how to do hardware hacking and how to do reverse engineering. The series is useful both for beginners and experts.

In this episode I will talk about how the find tue UART interface on an IoT device; I will take an home router (Gemtek WVRTM-127ACN) and show how to find the UART interface using simple tools like a multi-meter and using more advanced tools like a JTagulator board.… Read the rest

Hardware Hacking: Identifying Components

I started the Make Me Hack channel with the series Hardware Hacking Tutorial and with the first episode about Identifying Components.

This series is to share information on how to do hardware hacking and how to do reverse engineering. The series is useful both for beginners and experts.

Hardware Hacking will be described with practical hacking activities on real devices following a process based on:

  1. Information gathering of hardware and software
  2. Building an emulation environment where to run interesting binaries and reverse engineer them, if needed
  3. Analyzing how the device works
  4. Hack the device and modify its firmware

In this first episode we will talk about how to identify the device, the manufacturer and the Original Design Manufacturer and how to identify the integrated circuits inside the device using some tips to read part numbers when they seems unreadable.… Read the rest

Introduction to IoT Reverse Engineering

The YouTube channel Make Me Hack has not started yet, in the mean time the following talk, that I gave at “Hack In Paris 2019”, provides a glimpse at the arguments I will talk about in the YouTube channel.

Presentation

GitHub repositories related to the Home Router Example

  • adbtools2: tools for hacking ADB Epicentro routers (the example home router), including firmware modification kit and VOIP password recovery;
  • Buildroot-armv7: a set of scripts, configuration files and Buildroot external tree to setup a Qemu emulation environment to run and reverse engineer the Netgear DVA 5592 executables.
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A Short Introduction of myself

I am an IT Infrastructure Manager with a strong and deep technical knowledge and experience in many areas related to IT infrastructures: cloud based infrastructures, networking, web servers, Oracle and mySQL databases, large Linux installation, virtualization environments, storage area networking, IoT and embedded devices.

I have a long-lasting passion for electronics and technology since when I was a child, for this reason I studied and got a Master’s in Electronic Engineering and an HAM Radio License.

I started working as a Digital Hardware Designer, but soon moved to a Unix System Administrator position and, later, to an IT Infrastructure Manager position.… Read the rest

About

This web site was started to complement the YouTube channel Make Me Hack and includes information, tutorials, description of tools and techniques for hacking and reverse engineering hardware devices.

The hardware hacking and reverse engineering process described in various videos is based on:

  • Information Gathering of hardware and software, to identify main device components, to locate UART and JTAG interfaces and to get the EEPROM content, the firmware file and the root file system
  • Using Side Channel Attacks with ChipWhisperer and his Fault Injection capabilities when everything else fails
  • Building a debugging friendly Emulation Environment, to run device’s binaries, using QEMU and a build system like “BuildRoot”
  • Techniques to analyse, hack, reverse engineer and modify the firmware using file system analysis, analysing the output on the system console, using the Gnu Debugger in the emulation environment and reverse engineering the firmware using open source software as Ghidra