The McAfee Advanced Threat Research team conducts security research with the aim of staying ahead of the evolving threat landscape to expose and reduce attack surfaces. This series of white papers discuss laboratory security research techniques that are generally known among the professional community of security researchers. The white papers are provided to elevate collaboration and security within the industry and are not to be used for unlawful purposes. Security researchers are responsible for lawfully obtaining equipment and for complying with contracts and licenses for their research.

Industrial Control System (ICS) Simulation

Ever wondered how SCADA or ICS systems actually work? This short paper focuses on a demo unit we built and the security risks that can accompany these often overlooked environments.

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Glitching U-Boot by Shorting the NAND Flash

Rewatched “the Matrix” and wondering what glitching is? In this context, it’s not Déjà vu, but a technique to bypass hardware checks and get a root prompt. In this guide, we apply it to U-Boot.

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Watchdog Bypass Techniques

Watchdog timers can be the bane of exploit-developers existence. We detail techniques to halt, kill, or bypass watchdog timers, even in cases where there are redundant WDTs.

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Android SSL Pinning Bypass: Android 7-10

Unpin developer supplied certificates to decrypt app data over SSL (Android versions 7-10)

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Data Science Tips & Tricks

This simple guide details some of the common tools, configuration steps, and issues data scientists might uncover as they begin to build their first machine learning models and applications.

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Cross-Compiling Legacy Systems

An in-depth “how-to” guide on cross-compiling legacy systems, for when you can’t seem to find the necessary tools to automate the process.

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Android SSL Pinning Bypass: Android 4-6

Unpin developer supplied certificates to decrypt app data over SSL (Android versions 4-6)

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RF Selective Jamming

This whitepaper details an innovative just-in-time jamming technique developed by McAfee Advanced Threat Research and demonstrates a unique use case for an attack against a popular garage door.

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XML Sanitization Bypass Tool

XML provides built-in input sanitization, typically allowing only standard printable characters. This tool identifies ASCII-printable memory addresses for a given library, which can be used to construct shellcode for XML-based exploits. This tool is meant for research purposes only!

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