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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

Electronics 101

As mentioned, electronics is one of the most important things to understand if you want to get into hardware hacking. You might be able to catch some of the low-hanging vulnerabilities without an understanding of electronics; however, to be good at it, you will need to understand what is happening on the device and how a given component can be exploited. In this section, we will be looking at some of the foundational concepts in electronics, which will help you gain more confidence and understanding, once you start looking into embedded device internals.

This may look absolutely basic to you; however, think of this section as a refresher to what you are about to see in the later sections, and in real life, as you start working with embedded devices.


Resistors are electronic components, which offer resistance against the current flow, or speaking at a deeper level, against the electrons' flow. Resistors, denoted by R, are passive components, which means that they don...