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Practical Hardware Pentesting

By : Jean-Georges Valle
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Practical Hardware Pentesting

By: Jean-Georges Valle

Overview of this book

If you’re looking for hands-on introduction to pentesting that delivers, then Practical Hardware Pentesting is for you. This book will help you plan attacks, hack your embedded devices, and secure the hardware infrastructure. Throughout the book, you will see how a specific device works, explore the functional and security aspects, and learn how a system senses and communicates with the outside world. You’ll set up a lab from scratch and then gradually work towards an advanced hardware lab—but you’ll still be able to follow along with a basic setup. As you progress, you’ll get to grips with the global architecture of an embedded system and sniff on-board traffic, learn how to identify and formalize threats to the embedded system, and understand its relationship with its ecosystem. You’ll discover how to analyze your hardware and locate its possible system vulnerabilities before going on to explore firmware dumping, analysis, and exploitation. The reverse engineering chapter will get you thinking from an attacker point of view; you’ll understand how devices are attacked, how they are compromised, and how you can harden a device against the most common hardware attack vectors. By the end of this book, you will be well-versed with security best practices and understand how they can be implemented to secure your hardware.
Table of Contents (20 chapters)
Section 1: Getting to Know the Hardware
Section 2: Attacking the Hardware
Section 3: Attacking the Software

Section 1: Getting to Know the Hardware

After reading this section, you will know how to set up an assessment lab, understand the global architecture of an embedded system, know how to identify the different components, and understand how they act together in order to make the system run. Once you are able to understand all aspects of how a system works, you will be able to follow a risk modeling methodology to plan your tests according to the threats against the target system.

This section comprises the following chapters:

  • Chapter 1, Setting Up Your Pentesting Lab and Ensuring Lab Safety
  • Chapter 2, Understanding Your Target
  • Chapter 3, Identifying the Components of Your Target
  • Chapter 4, Approaching and Planning the Test