Last updated at Wed, 03 Jan 2024 17:53:43 GMT

It’s the holiday season and since we’re in a giving mood we thought we’d surprise our loyal readers with a fun, hands-on hardware exercise to enjoy during some well-earned downtime.

But first, a little background. Every year Rapid7 has a pretty solid presence at DefCon in Las Vegas. This year was no exception. One of the cornerstones of our DefCon experience is participating in the IoT Village. Deral Heiland, our Principal Security Researcher for IoT, takes attendees through each of the steps of breaking into a particular piece of IoT hardware. And every year we release his talk (with a few additions) for those who couldn’t make it to Vegas for the conference.

What we have here is this year’s Hands-On IoT presentation for the hacking of an IP camera over Universal Asynchronous Receiver/Transmitter (UART). It’s Deral’s original presentation with some added details and context. In this paper, Deral takes you step by step through the process, offering insight into how UART and U-Boots operate, as well as some troubleshooting techniques should your attempts not work as seamlessly as Deral’s.

Typically, we would release Deral’s presentation in a series of blog posts over a few weeks. But this year we decided to spare y’all the suspense each week and release it as one comprehensive paper. We hope you enjoy reading it as much as we enjoyed making it and we wish you all the best this holiday season.

Click here to download the paper.