Secure Boot is fundamental for assuring the authenticity of the Trusted Code Base (TCB) of secure devices. Recent attacks on Secure Boot, implemented by a wide variety of devices such as video game consoles and mobile phones, are a clear indicator that Secure Boot vulnerabilities are widespread.
Are you interested in learning and experiencing what it takes to break Secure Boot leveraging more than just software vulnerabilities?
Then, this is THE experience for you!
The BootPwn experience puts you in the attacker's seat in order to explore the attack surface of Secure Boot while identifying and exploiting interesting vulnerabilities applicable to real-world devices. The experience itself is exercise-driven and gamified using an exciting jeopardy-style Capture-The-Flag (CTF).
Using an emulated device, which is based on publicly available code bases, you will be challenged to identify and exploit interesting vulnerabilities specific to Secure Boot. Even though the emulated device implements the ARMv8 (AArch64) architecture, many exercises are at the same time architecture independent.
Do no worry if your reverse engineering or exploiting skills are rusty or non-existing. You do not need to be an software security expert nor do we aim to make you one. Nevertheless, most exercises can be completed in various ways which are interesting for experiences attendees as well. Moreover, hardware attacks like Fault Injection, which are a very relevant threat for Secure Boot, are discussed and simulated where possible.
The BootPwn experience consists of 4 exciting days during which we will give several lectures covering fundamental topics. Nonetheless, the emphasizes will be on the exciting hands-on exercises for which you will get a personal cloud-based Virtual Machine (VM) that can be accessed using modern browser.
The lectures are given through Zoom and a Discord server is available for support.
Anyone with a technical background should be able to complete the BootPwn experience. Less-experienced attendees will rely on hints and/or solutions available during the hands-on exercises whereas more-experienced attendees will not. Nonetheless, familiarity with the following is helpful:
During the training you will get access to:
Niek Timmers (@tieknimmers) is an independent security researcher at Raelize (https://raelize.com) providing support for developing, analyzing and testing the security of embedded devices. He has been analyzing and testing the security of devices for over a decade. Usually his interest is sparked by technologies where the hardware is fundamentally present. He shared his research on topics like Secure Boot and Fault Injection at various conferences like Black Hat, Bluehat, HITB, hardwear.io. and NULLCON.Relevant publications: