Hardware Hacking Village

Bored with tcpdump? IDA got you down? Forget your neglected VMs, come hack hardware! Bring your RTL-SDR dongles, buspirates and '80s phone phreaking kit - let's hack together!

Soldering irons will be available. These can be used to make badge modifications or for other purposes. There will also be opportunities to reflash your badge firmware and discuss the hardware badge with its makers.


Friday 15th March

Smart alarms can be pretty dumb
10.00am - 10.30am
by rfc6919
It doesn't take much tinkering with SDR to realise that fixed-code wireless alarms are easy to mess with. But a system that uses bidirectional communication, device enrolment, and encrypted communication can still be sunk when real-world product requirements lead manufacturers to designs with trivial bypasses. Here's a case-study of one such scenario.

Badge Workshop
1.00pm - 1.30pm
by ec0 & pete

This is Hacker Culture
2.30pm - 3.00pm
by Kevin Alcock
After return home after New Zealand’s hacker Christmas event (Kiwicon), Kevin takes out his shinny new Proxmark VX and proceeds to brick it (sad trombone). This presentation is about how a software guy, a BSidesCBR 2018 badge and a chance meeting with some hacker friends go about trying to get Kevin’s new toy working. Kevin will talk about what tools and techniques used with all the mistakes and learnings along the journey.

USB Protocols
3.00pm - 3.30pm
by Fergus Symon
USB fans, so cool right! What if the fan could talk to you? I finally found a fan that would talk to me, but I wanted more from it. This talk discusses reverse engineering software and USB protocols all to reimplement an RGB LED fan's USB protocol.
Fergus is a software developer with a focus on security, malware and embedded platform.

Saturday 16th March

Wanna get into infosec? Here's what you need to know
10am - 11am
by Lukasz Gogolkiewicz and Ricki Burke

Mainly aimed at students and those looking at getting into information security, this presentation endeavours providing information to those looking to get into this highly competitive and challenging field. Join Ricki and Lukasz to get the perspective from a recruiter and hiring manager, and be provided with a step by step guide to:
  • Explaining the industry, consultancies, internal teams, research teams, etc
  • Highlighting the motivations behind each one of these places, what they do
  • Breakdown of jobs
  • Certifications
  • What skills to learn for relevant jobs
  • How to make yourself stand out in a competitive industry
Plus, a brief story of how Lukasz and others got into the industry

Badge Workshop
1.00pm - 1.30pm
by ec0 & pete

How To Control Your BIOS
2.30pm - 3.00pm
by James Ye

Firmware combines the bugginess of software with the difficulty of modifying hardware. It should be no surprise that x86 firmware, the BIOS (Basic Input/Output System) or UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface), can be buggy and insecure. But unlike software, replacing buggy firmware is often difficult or even impossible.

This talk gives an overview of what it takes to be able to replace a PC's BIOS with Coreboot, a free and open-source firmware.