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Library | WHITEPAPER | September 9, 2022

NFC Relay Attack on Tesla Model Y

Josep Pi Rodriguez, Principal Security Consultant, walks you through the proof-of-concept and technical details of exploitation for IOActive’s recent NFC relay attack research on the newest Tesla vehicle, the Model Y. To successfully carry out the attack, IOActive reverse-engineered the NFC protocol Tesla uses between the NFC card and the vehicle, and we then created custom firmware modifications that allowed a Proxmark RDV4.0 device to relay NFC communications over Bluetooth/Wi -Fi using the Proxmark’s BlueShark module. It’s well-known in the vehicle security industry that NFC relay attacks (as well as…

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Josep Pi Rodriguez
Library | PRESENTATION | August 17, 2022

Vulnerability and Patch Management: Every Day is a Zero Day

SC Media on-demand presentation | John Sheehy, SVP of Research and Strategy, participated as a panelist on the CyberRisk Alliance’s eSummit live broadcast.Patch management can be an especially precarious proposition when you’re operating in a work environment where machines and devices must constantly remain operational. Hospitals, factories and power plants are among the many examples of settings where security professionals need to “keep the lights on,” even as they strive to ensure that software and hardware are hardened against the latest vulnerabilities and exploits. The discussion focused on the…

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John Sheehy
Library | WHITEPAPER | April 19, 2022

Reverse Engineering of DAL-A Certified Avionics: Collins’ Pro Line Fusion—AFD-3700

Ruben Santamarta, IOActive Security Researcher, presents a highly technical and detailed look into reverse engineering the DAL-A Certified Avionics: Collins’ Pro Line Fusion—AFD-3700. Modern avionic systems are designed according to the Integrated Modular Avionics concept. Under this paradigm, safety-certified avionic applications and non-critical airborne software share the same computing platform but are running at different partitions. In this context the underlying safety-critical certified RTOS provides the logical isolation, which should prevent unintended interactions between software with different criticalities. This paper provides a comprehensive analysis of the architecture and vulnerabilities found…

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Ruben Santamarta
Library | WHITEPAPER | April 5, 2022

Cyberattacks on SATCOM: Understanding the Threat

In 2014, Ruben Santamarta, Principal Security Consultant with IOActive, published a whitepaper titled “A Wake-up Call for SATCOM Security.” It detailed the discovery of an exceptionally weak security posture across a number of SATCOM terminals from a range of manufacturers. Four years later in 2018, Ruben published a follow up titled “Last Call for SATCOM Security” which detailed a thorough investigation into the security of SATCOM equipment across the Aviation, Maritime, and Military industries. In light of the cyberattacks at the start of the war…

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Ethan Shackelford
Library | WHITEPAPER | February 7, 2022

Facial Recognition Security Research

IOActive, Inc. (IOActive) has conducted extensive research and testing of facial recognition systems on commercial mobile devices. Our testing lab includes testing setups for 2D- and 3D-based algorithms, including technologies using stereo IR cameras. For each of the different technologies, we first try to understand the underlying algorithms and then come up with creative and innovative setups to bypass them. Once an unlock is achieved, we calculate the Spoof Acceptance Rate (SAR), as described in the Measuring Biometric Unlock Security” section of the Android Compatibility Definition Document.1 This metric allows…

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Gabriel Gonzalez & Alejo Moles
Library | WHITEPAPER | May 17, 2021

Cross-Platform Feature Comparison

For an Intel-commissioned study, IOActive compared security-related technologies from both the 11th Gen Intel Core vPro mobile processors and the AMD Ryzen PRO 4000 series mobile processors, as well as highlights from current academic research where applicable. Our comparison was based on a set of objectives bundled into five categories: Below the OS, Platform Update, Trusted Execution, Advanced Threat Protection, and Crypto Extension. Based on IOActive research, we conclude that AMD offers no corresponding technologies those categories while Intel offers features; Intel and AMD have equivalent capabilities in the Trusted…

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Library | COLLATERAL | April 7, 2021

Trivial Vulnerabilities, Big Risks

IOActive case study detailing the trivial vulnerabilities with big risks for the users of the Brazilian National Justice Council Processo Judicial Eletrônico (CNJ PJe) judicial data processing system.

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Tiago Assumpcao & Robert Connolly
Library | PRESENTATION, VIDEO | May 28, 2020

Introduction to Bluetooth Low Energy Exploitation (Breaking BLE series – part 1)

Bluetooth, especially Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE), has become the ubiquitous backbone that modern devices use to interact with each other. From mobile, to IoT, to automotive, most smart devices now support Bluetooth connections. This enhanced connectivity expands the attack surface making this attack vector an increasingly necessary aspect of security testing.

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Biometric Security: Facial Recognition Testing

IOActive has conducted extensive research and testing of facial recognition systems on commercial mobile devices. Our testing included setups for 2D- and 3D-based algorithms, including technologies using stereo IR cameras. Discovering the underlying algorithms to find setups to bypass them, then calculating the Spoof Acceptance Rate (SAR).

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