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IoT Penetration Testing Cookbook

By : Aaron Guzman, Aditya Gupta
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IoT Penetration Testing Cookbook

By: Aaron Guzman, Aditya Gupta

Overview of this book

IoT is an upcoming trend in the IT industry today; there are a lot of IoT devices on the market, but there is a minimal understanding of how to safeguard them. If you are a security enthusiast or pentester, this book will help you understand how to exploit and secure IoT devices. This book follows a recipe-based approach, giving you practical experience in securing upcoming smart devices. It starts with practical recipes on how to analyze IoT device architectures and identify vulnerabilities. Then, it focuses on enhancing your pentesting skill set, teaching you how to exploit a vulnerable IoT device, along with identifying vulnerabilities in IoT device firmware. Next, this book teaches you how to secure embedded devices and exploit smart devices with hardware techniques. Moving forward, this book reveals advanced hardware pentesting techniques, along with software-defined, radio-based IoT pentesting with Zigbee and Z-Wave. Finally, this book also covers how to use new and unique pentesting techniques for different IoT devices, along with smart devices connected to the cloud. By the end of this book, you will have a fair understanding of how to use different pentesting techniques to exploit and secure various IoT devices.
Table of Contents (19 chapters)
Title Page
About the Authors
About the Reviewers
Customer Feedback

Chapter 1. IoT Penetration Testing

Although the term IoT is known to have been coined in 1999 by MIT's Auto-ID Labs, embedded devices have been long-standing in technology for decades. The difference between new IoT and the embedded device world pertains to the legacy of design decisions and configurations that were never intended to be made public on the internet. Without manufacturing companies considering the consequences, widespread exploitation of IoT devices is now taking place, causing some of the world's biggest Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks ever recorded. We will cover various aspects of IoT pen testing and practical security guidance to provide preventative measures against the attacks we are currently seeing in the market.

To understand the origin of IoT you can visit this link:


Details on the aforementioned DDoS attacks can be found via the following link:

In this chapter, we will cover the following topics:

  • Defining the IoT ecosystem and pen testing life cycle
  • Firmware 101
  • Web applications in IoT
  • Mobile applications in IoT
  • Device basics
  • Introduction to IoT's wireless communications
  • Setting up an IoT pen testing lab

The goal of this chapter is to set a foundation for IoT penetration testing, which will then be used in the subsequent chapters ahead.