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We Don't Need No Stinkin' Badges: Hacking Electronic Door Access Controllers

physical security
Shawn Merdinger
Confidence 2010 Krakow
Indexed on
May 25, 2013
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I’d like to mention again that even though I’m presenting on this topic at other security conferences like HITB, the content is derived from ongoing security evaluations. Thus, each presentation will include new content and new vulnerabilities released, with the goal of building on the previous presentation.In the security world, attacker physical access means game over; so what happens if you can’t trust your electronic door system? This presentation and paper explore attack surfaces and exploitation vectors in a major vendor of electronic door access controllers (EDAC). The main focus is on time-constrained rapid analysis and bug-hunting methodologies applicable to a variety of embedded devices, with additional focus on research techniques that assist in locating and targeting EDAC systems. Rounding out the presentation is a review of practical countermeasures and potential research activities in the EDAC space. Attendees can expect an eye-opening experience regarding the insecurities of critical systems controlling physical access to environments like hospitals, schools, fire stations, businesses, etc.

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