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Saturday, October 17 • 11:30am - 11:55am
Introduction to PCB Analysis & Hardware Reverse Engineering

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In today’s technological landscape, there exists a concept called the chain of trust. The user trusts that the software is secure while the software is designed with an assumption that the underlying hardware platform is stable, secure, and immutable, and locked away somewhere that’s far from prying eyes.

When we’re pen-testing most applications, we’re also often times abstracted away from any of the complexities of the underlying hardware. However, sometimes we have to “peel back” the layers of simplification and abstraction that have been created in order to challenge some of these underlying assumptions.

But what is this green fiberglass board with black rectangles covering portions of it? How do I even being to understand its functionality? In this talk, a senior Deja vu Security consultant will guide you through the journey of reverse-engineering a Printed Circuit Board (PCB) to understand it’s functionality. We will also be going through common mistakes made when designing a PCB and the associated security impact.

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Atanas Kirilov

Security Specialist, Deja vu Security @ Accenture
I've been a penetration tester for almost 5 years, and a security developer for 2 years before that. I consider myself a generalist, but my main focus is in native, hardware, and crypto. I also do more web than I'd like to admit. Outside of work, I'm a co-founder of a DEFCON party... Read More →

Saturday October 17, 2020 11:30am - 11:55am PDT
Track C