Valerio Di Giampietro

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Hackitivity 2019, Budapest – IT Security Festival

I did a workshop, at the Hacktivity 2019 – IT Security Festival on 25th and 26th October 2019 about “Introduction to IoT Reverse Engineering with an Example on a Home Router”.
Here you can find:


GitHub repositories related to the Home Router Example

  • hacking-gemtek: the complete reverse engineering project for the home router example, a Gemtek home router (WVRTM-127ACN), distributed in Italy by Linkem, with the purpose to modify the firmware, gain root access, recover default WiFi password.
  • adbtools2: tools related to another reverse engineering project, for hacking ADB Epicentro routers (the example home router), including firmware modification kit and VOIP password recovery;
  • Buildroot-armv7: a set of scripts, configuration files and Buildroot external tree to setup a Qemu emulation environment to run and reverse engineer the Netgear DVA 5592 executables. This environment uses Docker, Buildroot and Qemu to emulate a board with an ARMv7 Cortex A9 processor, Linux kernel 3.4.11-rt19, uClibc, and old versions of other libraries.

Reverse engineering and physical disassembly

  • Introduction to reverse engineering, Mike Anderson, Embedded Linux Conference 2018, slides and video;

Recommended Books

Hardware tools

JTAG and UART interfaces


Reverse Engineering Open Source software

  • Radare2, a portable reversing framework
  • Ghidra, a software reverse engineering (SRE) suite of tools developed by NSA’s Research Directorate in support of the Cybersecurity mission

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