From a traditional point of view, vehicles used to be closed systems in which components communicated between each other over a central vehicle bus and no connection to remote systems was possible. However, this has drastically changed during the last years with increasing connectivity and autonomy of today’s vehicles. While car manufacturers have a long experience in dealing with safety problems, dealing with security risks raised by this development is a relatively new domain for them.
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Like in years past (nearly) the whole team met in Ghent for the unofficial second team event: the BruCON. Next to trainings, talks and workshops the main focus was to have fun together. Therefore, the majority of the team – not all since the team has grown significantly over the last year – stayed at the band resort: a complete apartment in a prime location with lots of space, a beer fridge and a bar.
A training session on Hardwear.io .
For the second year SCHUTZWERK was a sponsor of the hardwear.io conference in Den Haag. This year, we attended the conference with 3 employees focused on hardware and embedded security.
The Training Session One of our hardware specialists, Heiko Ehret, learned how to reverse engineer a microchip in the training IC reverse engineering 101 from Tuesday to Wednesday. In this training the principles of gaining access to the DIE of a chip were presented and in the practical part for example photos, which were taken with a scanning electron microscope (SEM), were analyzed to extract the computational structure as well as reading out the contents of the memories.