O.17 Hardware Reverse Engineering

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Hardware Reverse Engineering is the study of hardware hacking and reverse engineering approaches that are routinely used against electronic devices and embedded systems. This knowledge unit provides students with an introduction to the basic procedures necessary to perform reverse engineering of hardware components to determine their functionality, inputs, outputs, and stored data.

Specific topics to be included in this knowledge unit include, but are not limited to:

  • Hardware reverse engineering methodology
  • The use of tools and test measurement equipment
  • Circuit board analysis and modification
  • Embedded security
  • Common hardware attack vectors

Outcome: Students will understand basic fundamental procedures such as probing, measuring, and data collection to identify functionality and to affect modifications to the hardware functionality.

Outcome: Students will understand the proper use of evaluation tools and common hardware attack vectors.