Hermit’s Hardware Hacking Box

Have you ever wanted to get into hardware hacking as well as offensive security, but didn’t know how to get started? Good news! For a recent meeting of the Pittsburgh Hacker’s Association I put together a presentation on how to setup the standard box I use for almost everything. It’s a dual-boot system with both Ubuntu and Kali, a shared data partition, and all the tools you could ever need pre-configured and installed. If you want to get started, just grab the PDF and get going!

Good hunting! 🙂

Starting the 2020 eChallenge Coin Redux

There’s a designer named Bradán Lane who makes some excellent hardware, and one of my favorite things he’s created is a set of challenge coin circuits. I won’t go into too much detail on them other than to note they have a fun story line, a series of challenges, and you have to exercise some basic hardware hacking skills to participate. If you’d like more details, please check out the listing for the coin on Tindie. But what if you don’t know how to get started? Well, a friend of mine (Visual) and I recently played through this, and thought we’d document how to get started for anyone who needs a little extra help. Let’s get started!

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Identifying JTAG

This is a quick-hit post because as I’ve been working on some hardware hacking efforts I realized that while there are a lot of good resources on identifying JTAG interfaces and standards, there wasn’t really a good single page view of them.  With that in mind, I lifted the following images from the excellent resource at http://www.jtagtest.com/pinouts/ and put them into a single page view.  Full credit to JTAGtest… I just wanted something I could quickly reference.

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