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Offensive Internet of Things (IoT) Exploitation

Attify & Payatu | August 1-2 & 3-4


IoT or the Internet of Things is one of the most upcoming trends in technology as of now. A lot many new devices are coming up every single month. However, not much attention has been paid to the device's security till now. "Offensive IoT Exploitation" is a brand new and unique course which offers pentesters the ability to assess and exploit the security of these smart devices.

The training will cover different varieties of IoT devices, assessing their attack surfaces and writing exploits for them. The 2-day class will be hands-on giving attendees the ability to try things themselves rather than just watching the slides. We will start from the very beginning discussing about the architecture of IoT devices, and then slowly moving to firmware analysis, identifying attack surface, finding vulnerabilities and then finally exploiting the vulnerabilities.

The course labs include both emulated environments as well as real live devices which will be provided to the attendees during the training. Custom VMs provided by the trainer will be used for the entire class. After the 2-days class, the attendees will be able to:

  • Extract and ananlyze device firmwares
  • Analysis using IDA pro
  • Get familiar with UART, SPI and JTAGs
  • Hardware and Software Debugging
  • Identify attack surfaces and write fuzzers
  • Specific Web and Mobile based vulnerabilities
  • Familiarity with NFC, Bluetooth, RFID
  • Write exploits for the platforms
  • Bypass security mitigations

Offensive IoT Exploitation is the course for you if you want to try exploitation on new hardwares and find security vulnerabilities and 0-days in IoT devices. At the end of the class, there will be a final CTF challenge where the attendees will have to identify security vulnerabilities and exploit them, in a completely unknown device.

Who Should Take this Course

  • Pentesters/security professional
  • Embedded security enthusiast
  • Anyone interested to learn IoT device pentesting

Student Requirements

  • Basic knowledge of web and mobile security
  • Assembly basics for ARM
  • Overflow based exploitation basics

What Students Should Bring

  • Laptop with at least 25 GB free space
  • 2 GB minimum RAM
  • External USB access
  • Administrative privileges on the system
  • Virtualization software

What Students Will Be Provided With

  • IoT devices
  • Custom IoT pentesting VM
  • Printed lab reference material and handouts
  • 600+ slides (PDF Copy)


Aditya Gupta (@adi1391) is the founder and trainer of Attify, a mobile security firm, and leading mobile security expert and evangelist. Apart from being the lead developer and co-creator of Android framework for exploitation, he has done a lot of in-depth research on the security of mobile and hardware devices, including Android, iOS, and Blackberry, as well as BYOD Enterprise Security. He is also the author of the popular Android security book "Learning Pentesting for Android" selling over 5000+ copies, since the time of launch in March 2014. He has also discovered serious web application security flaws in websites such as Google, Facebook, PayPal, Apple, Microsoft, Adobe, Skype, and many more. He has also published a research paper on ARM Exploitation titled "A Short Guide on ARM Exploitation." In his previous work at Rediff.com, his main responsibilities were to look after web application security and lead security automation. He also developed several internal security tools for the organization to handle the security issues. He has also previously spoken and trained at numerous international security conferences including Black Hat, Syscan, OWASP AppSec, Toorcon, Clubhack, Nullcon etc, along with many other corporate trainings on Mobile Security.

Aseem Jakhar is the Director, research at Payatu Technologies Pvt Ltd payatu.com a boutique security testing company. He is well known in the hacking and security community as the founder of null -The open security community, registered not-for-profit organization http://null.co.in and also the founder of nullcon security conference nullcon.net. He has extensive experience in system programming, security research, consulting and managing security software development projects. He has worked on various security software including UTM appliances, messaging/security appliances, anti-spam engine, anti-virus software, multicast packet reflector, Transparent HTTPS proxy with captive portal, bayesian spam filter to name a few. He is an active speaker at security and open source conferences; some of the conferences he has spoken at include AusCERT - Gold Coast, Defcon - Las Vegas, Hack.lu - Luxembourg, Black Hat - Amsterdam, Xcon - Beijing, Cyber security summit - Bangalore, Cocon - Cochin, OSI Days - Bangalore, Clubhack - Pune, Gnunify - Pune. His research includes Linux remote thread injection, automated web application detection and dynamic web filter. He is the author of open source Linux thread injection kit -Jugaad and Indroid which demonstrate a stealthy in-memory malware infection technique.