slides from yesterday’s BSides Seattle presentation (and seeking archive of lost Intel ATR blog on Hacking Team)

Yesterday I gave a presentation at Bsides Seattle on defending firmware. This version of the presentation attemped to address DFIR audience, not just SysAdmin/Site Reliablity Engineer audience.

I got some interesting feedback on IR after this presentation, we’ll do a blog on this in the next few days. As well as a few updates to existing IR standards to showcase where firmware is lacking.

Below is copy of slides:

There are 4 sections, Threats, Tech, Tools, and Guidance. The Tech section is probably weakest to read without having an audio. This talk was result of trying to jam a 4-hour training session into a 1-hour talk, the Tech section lost the most from this compression.


Bsides didn’t record audio/video of their event.

I updated the slides from yesterday, the “DIY Homework” section focused on following along with the analysis in the old Intel ATR blog post on the Wikileaked Hacking Team UEFI malware blob. However, that blog URL is no longer around.

If you know of any online archives of these URLs, please leave a Comment on this blog post, thanks!

This is the best-fit replacement for missing above URL, and it includes some new content (eg, blacklist command) that original blog did not. Save a copy of the blog post, I don’t expect it to be archived:

Defensive firmware talks in Seattle: SASAG and BSides Seattle

There are two presentations in Seattle area on firmware security in January and February, in case you’re in the area.

1) On January 11th, PreOS Security CEO Paul English speaking on enterprise firmware defensive tools and techniques, for a SysAdmin target audience, at SASAG, the Seattle Area SysAdmin Guild (monthly user group).

SASAG: Firmware Security Defense

Thursday, Jan 11, 2018, 7:00 PM

Brian’s office
1111 3rd Ave #2500, Seattle, WA 98101 Seattle, WA

17 Systems Administrators Went

Paul English & Lee Fisher of PreOS Security will talk about firmware security. For attackers, platform firmware is the new Software. Most systems include hundreds of firmwares – UEFI or BIOS, PCIe expansion ROMs, USB controller drivers, storage controller host and disk/SSD drivers. Firmware-level hosted malware, bare-metal or virtualized, is nearly…

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2) On February 3rd, I’ll be speaking at BSides Seattle, on similar topic, but for a target audience of DFIR/blue teams.

Disclaimer: Paul and I both work at PreOS Securty.