May 16, 2017

NewAE News: ChipWhisperer 3.4.1 Released, ARM Targets available, IEEE S&P, BH Training Deadline

NewAE April NewsLetter: ChipWhisperer 3.4.1

A new ChipWhisperer release! This adds a lot of interest features we'll mention quickly, including:
  • Quasi-automatic trace alignment.
  • Example firmware targets for STM32F0/F1/F2/F3/F4.
  • New SimpleSerial protocol (V1.1) with ACKs, simplifies usage with slow implementations.
  • Improved trace plotting allowing you to selectively include traces/waveforms.

Quasi-Automatic Trace Alignment

We've implemented a form of Dynamic Time Warping (DTW), which was suggested in the Elastic Alignment paper by J. van Woundenberg et al. The implementation is a little different to fit with our capture architecture, but accomplishes the goal of potentially aligning traces that have more than a simple physical shift (the following should be a small GIF showing you the usage):

STM32F Firmware Targets

Our previous newsletter mentioned the STM32F target board for the UFO. We've forged ahead and built examples of that for most of the STM32F series devices. You can see a full list of this on the wiki page. We'll be commercially selling versions of that target too, for now we have the F0 available in the webstore along with the blank PCB.

To go along with this, we've released a new version of our SimpleSerial protocol. This protocol now has an ACK in it, which can help the ChipWhisperer know when it shouldn't send something to a device that is busy processing the last command.

Improved Trace Plotting

For the longest time, you could only plot trace ranges. We now have a new trace plot widget that can plot arbitrary traces, and specify colours of them. For example here we are plotting trace #0-#5 in red with alpha of 0.3, #23 in green, and #35 in blue. This type of plotting is handy when you are looking at traces which might represent different code paths:

In the future we plan on improving this further to allow you to plot averages of groups, add offsets, etc. But for now you can specify both color codes & HTML colors (including transparency), which is very useful for seeing how often certain code paths are taken.

ARM Targets

As mentioned in the ChipWhisperer release notes, there is now a number of ARM targets for the UFO board. They all use the same STM32F PCB, so makes it very easy to target a bunch of different devices. We've got the blank PCB in the webstore along with limited quantities of the STM32F0 target board. The F1/F2/F3/F4 should be available shortly - we haven't had time to run those boards through assembly yet. If you don't want to solder let us know & we might be able to speed up a certain variant for you.

87C51 Targets

Do you like going old-school? Another new target is using the 8051 microcontroller. This target was a spin-off of a specific project so differs a little from our usual "cheap & basic" UFO target. But you may still find it interesting, and it comes preprogrammed with demos for AES, glitching, and TEA.

IEEE S&P and Other Conferences

Are you headed to IEEE S&P? Colin will be there in an academic capacity, but if you're around please be sure to say hello! He's easiest to track down on May 22nd at 1:45PM in Session #3, but will be around for the entire conference.

Colin will also be heading to RECON (Montreal in June) & ESCAR (Detroit in June). More details on those presentations will be coming.

BH Training Early Registration Deadline

Our training running at Black Hat USA 2017 has an early registration deadline of this Friday. One of the classes is almost sold out too, so if you want to ensure you make it in check the registration details soon. We'll be (once again) updating our material this year to include some of the new features introduced in ChipWhisperer.

That's all for now. Thanks again for listening to us blabbing on, hopefully you get a chance to try the new ChipWhisperer software, and look out for a few more new features in our next edition of NewAE News!