The physical components of an Information Technology system. It can consist of network equipment, servers, CPUs, hardward security module, smartcards, etc. When using this tag, also include an additional tag for the specific type of hardware.

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Epson Projector security threats

I have an EPSON PROJECTOR (model EB-824H) And I would like to use it in our company. As I know (but not sure) this kind of projector has no WIFI,no network card and there is no HD in this PROJECTOR It ...
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Freshness for SGX enclaves

Future Intel processors will support SGX (Software Guard Extensions), which allows running security-critical software on your processor in a way that is isolated from all the other code. The hardware ...
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How does the encryption of FPGA works?

I know that FPGAS of Altera enables you to encrypt the RTL code while you work with it, what I can't understand is why it is really encrypted since once I have the FPGA, I can take it and with flash ...
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How does virtualisation (IaaS) protect from CPU microcode updates and firmware changes?

Is it safe to assume that it's impossible for CPU Microcode updates and firmware updates to be initiated from a guest VM? What software or hardware technologies protect my guest OS from altering or ...
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Software can be audited, is there an equivalent for hardware?

In software, code auditing can be used as a mean to gain trust into a software. Of course closed, proprietary software would complicate this, and require to do reverse engineering. Anyway there seems ...
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Realistic: Exploiting a computer on BIOS/ hardware level in less than an hour? (Infinite preparation time)

I wonder how hard it it to infect a laptop or netbook in 60 minutes or less in a way the victim cannot easily clean their machine by wiping hard disk drives. Let's assume the following: The ...
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Using smart cards for email encryption and SSH

Suppose I have a small organization, every user has a recent Macbook Pro, can buy a ~$25 smart card reader on Amazon, and I want to use keypairs where the private keys are on personal smartcards to do ...
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Is there any protection against malicious devices on a CAN bus?

CAN (controller area network) is a bus used in all modern cars. You can read a lot of the cars information over this bus and I think (but I'm not too sure about this) that some critical control ...
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OPAL Hardware Encryption [closed]

I recently bought a laptop which has OPAL compliant Self encrypting hard drive. I wanted to know how I could use/check the status of the Hardware Encryption features of an OPAL drive (windows, linux ...
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Can hardware firewalls be infected?

If a computer is directly connected to the internet, it is vulnerable to attacks. So we attach a hardware firewall between the computer and the internet. But doesn't this new setup mean that now our ...
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What can be done to bridge the Air Gap, except autorun?

What can be done to bridge the Air Gap, except autorun? Is there any hardware butterflies that can attack physically isolated Unix/Linux machine in common usb drives, like VSC (Vendor Specific ...
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Can malware physically damage a hard drive?

I recently responded to an incident of supposed malware infection. The symptoms were simply, "My computer freezes at random times." The response ended with replacement of the physical hard drive and ...
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Securing the hardware of my computer against remote exploits

How can I secure the BIOS, video card, network card, PCI, etc. of the computer against remote exploit? I have heard that it is possible to remotely exploit a computer using vulnerabilities in these ...
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Can Silicon Secured Memory prevent buffer overruns?

Oracle have recently announced the new SPARC M7 chip. It has an interesting feature called Silicon Secured Memory which claims to prevent memory corruption bugs like Heartbleed and Venom. The idea is ...
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What aspects of hardware configuration are significant from a security perspective?

What is worth keeping in mind (security-wise) when choosing a set of hardware? For example, might a cheap (or obscure) setup like a Raspberry Pi make for a less secure server than a more standard ...
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Hardware token to authenticate web application

My company is developing a web application, and I was asked to research how to do hardware-based token authentication to login into our web application. Let me repeat: basically there will be a web ...
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How does YubiKey protects it's secret key?

From what I understand, a YubiKey stores a secret key which can be used to generate passwords to enter a server. How does a YubiKey protect it's secret key? If it is plugged into an infected ...
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How safe are CD's for Air Gapped computers?

It is often suggested, for air-gapped PC's, to use CD/DVD's as a transfer medium between machines instead of USB sticks or portable hard-drives as it is difficult to write data to a CD/DVD without the ...
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What particular devices and processes are available to destroy hard drives, per DoD 5220.22-M?

DoD 5220.22-M specifies the following methods for destruction of hard drives with classified data: Disintegrate Incinerate Pulverize Shred Melt I've seen shredders of the type that might be used ...
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Disable USB keyboard pluggability on MacBook

I'm concerned about USB devices being physically attached to my MacBook laptop when I am about to unlock my computer or while my computer is unlocked. My threat model involves an attacker who is ...
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What use does a BIOS/EFI password have?

I have become quite a password-obsessed individual. I password-protect my HDDs, my files, and now even the BIOS/EFI on the various systems I own. But I have discovered that if you forget your BIOS ...
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Keyboards using 2.4GHz with AES

I got a Microsoft Sculpt keyboard, as it seems to be a small improvement over the much loved Ergo 4000. (What I'd give to have an Ergo 4000 with CheryMX Blues...) On various sites, they have this one ...
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“Memory Sinkhole” attack and virtual machines?

Recently a design flaw in some Intel X86 processors was revealed at Blackhat. The flaw enables malicious code to gain access to SMM. The flaw can be exploited by an attacker with administrator ...
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How is hibernation supported, on machines with UEFI Secure Boot?

I've been learning about UEFI Secure Boot, which attempts to prevent "bootkits" by locking down the boot process so that only signed bootloaders and kernels can be loaded. Hibernation seems like a ...
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Is malware or screen capture possible with iMac as external display?

If using a foreign iMac as an external display (through the Thunderbolt to Thunderbolt, or Mini DisplayPort to Mini DisplayPort cable, and Command+F2 on the iMac, as per iMac Target Display Mode FAQ), ...
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Hardware-based full disk encryption without pre-boot authentication [closed]

I am looking for a possibility to sanitize large amounts of data on regular hard-drives and SSDs. Instead of overwriting the data several times (on regular hard-drives, which could take days and doesn'...
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HeartBleed and Closed Source Hardware like Cisco

With the release of heartbleed how does one protect themselves with closed source networking hardware like cisco? Especially hardware with VPN variety. Would it be best to replaced such systems with ...
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Is it ok to cut some digits from the front-face of a credit/debit card?

I'm a European expat living in Asia. I usually hide my credit card at my apartment. However, I'm a bit scared about losing it when I carry it (wallet robbed or lost). That's why I already scrubbed ...
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How do we know if the hard disk we just bought is “clean”?

When we buy a new hard disk drive, what steps can we take to ensure that it is virus-free? For example, there are many vendors selling hard disk drives on Amazon. When we purchase one, how do we know ...
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Would you go with SSD or Disk Hard Drive?

I haven't really heard anything on how the Soild State Drives are doing out in the real world and I was wondering if they are better than traditional hard drives. Is a SSD more secure or less secure ...
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Hardware Level Write Protection for a CD-R

Let's say you burn a CD-R and it is finalized. Later, if you put it into a CD drive with some OS running, is it possible for the OS to write to it ? Obviously, this shouldn't typically happen, ...
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Does a commercially available self destructing HDD (set in BIOS) exist?

Does a self destructing HDD (physically destruction) that will destroy after a certain time exist, or when I use some software to initiate its self-destruction? I guess it need to be set in BIOS or ...
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Are there volatile memory chips which dont retain data after power off?

It was demonstrated that dram modules can retain information up to 10 min after power off in certain conditions. My question - are there memory types which will retain data 10 sec at max even if being ...
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What are the security implications of a device like Coin?

Coin is a new device aimed at replacing up to 8 credit cards in your wallet with a single device. It apparently works by scanning the credit card data into a mobile application that syncs with the ...
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Malware via power outlet

This is perhaps a very dumb question, but as I have no knowledge nor experience of IT security I have no option but to ask here. Is it possible to get malware onto your computer or smartphone by ...
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Samsung SSD 850 EVO. Best way to protect personal data against thiefs

I'm wondering what is the best way to protect my personal data stored on Samsung SSD 850 EVO in Linux? I did some research and found this. To set an ATA password, simply access the BIOS, navigate ...
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Should I wipe a brand new Machine and HDD ?

So I am buying a brand new machine and a HDD separate, when I buy this new HDD should I wipe it before I install it ? What necessary steps should I take to make sure it's pretty much clean of any ...
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What comprises the AIS-31 standard for TRNGs?

I'm researching how my smart card's chipset generates random numbers. According to a source in forums the YubiKey NEO is based on the A700x chipset from NXP. The page for the chipset indicates that ...
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Why are countermeasures against control-flow hijacking attacks mostly implemented in software?

I wonder why countermeasures against code-injection and control-flow hijacking attacks (e.g. stack-based buffer overflows and heap-based buffer overflows) are mostly implemented in software. Examples ...
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Write-protection at hardware level for security

It seems to me that to maximise server security, one ought - in addition to the usual security measures implemented in software - to prevent the overwriting of certain parts of the server system, such ...
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Regarding malware and hardware

Bit of a weird one, hope this is the appropriate venue: I've just purchased some Ethernet-over-power adapters that were returned to and repackaged by a brick and mortar retailer. I'm trying to be ...
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PGP key on smart card: why do I need a “secret key” on disk?

I have a YubiKey NEO on which I have the OpenPGP applet and I have a PGP key installed. I work on 3 different computers and I initialized the card on computer bob. I'm now at computer rob. Someone ...
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How is it on some removable media, when enabling/disabling password protection the changes happen immediately?

For example I have a WD Passport external hard drive. After installing WD security I can enable and disable password protection, however the settings basically get applied instantaneously. Does this ...
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What are the pros and cons of using yubikey with ssd hardware encryption?

I'm considering trying out yubikey and I've recently discovered that the (crucial m500) SSD I recently bought supports hardware encryption. I think it should be possible to use a yubikey to provide ...
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How does UEFI Secure Boot prevent “evil twin” spoofing attacks?

I've been learning about UEFI Secure Boot. It is designed to prevent malware from infecting the boot process and overwriting the bootloader. It has hardware-level protections to ensure that only a ...
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Electromagnetic induction attacks - reverse TEMPEST?

I know that electromagnetic emissions from a device can be used to extract information from a system, e.g. TEMPEST or Van Eck phreaking. I also know it's possible to induce a signal into a ...
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How to minimize the risk posed by Intel AMT/ME's “ring -3 exploits”?

This question is about how to minimize the risk posed by Intel AMT/ME's ring -3 exploits? I'm looking for advice on common strategies and practices. Here is my current situation. I am parking my ...
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How are Intel/Amd Microcode Issues Delivered? Is it possible to block them?

After reading this article, I am really curious as to how, exactly processor microcode updates from Intel or AMD are issued. In what way is the data transmitted? Is it possibly to 'firewall' these ...
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Literature about IT security from a hardware standpoint

Can you point me to any book, blog, paper, anything about IT security on the lowest possible level (hardware)? I'm primary interested in the motherboard, CPU & GPU, however, if you know any good ...
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Can malware bridge external storage HW power-off switches?

Right now I have a backup setup which involves a 3.5" external USB-HDD with a seperate power-supply (as is usual for such drives). This HDD is internally a standard SATA HDD with USB+Power wrappers. ...