Questions tagged [firmware]

Combination of executable code and data used to drive hardware devices and provide a first layer of software services prior to the operating system. Typical examples are BIOS, UEFI, the software running in a DSL router or a mobile phone.

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Reversing a firmware update for an LG HTS

I'm trying to reverse a firmware update for an LG Home Theater BH7220, and I've hit a brick wall. This HTS has a main chip from LG referred to as "BH7000:1165" in the schematics. The chip has the ...
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Reversing a key-gen firmware for RISC-V

I would like to study this firmware for Sipeed MAix, a RISC-V development board. You can download it here: key_gen_v1.2.zip. As the name suggests, its purpose is to calculate and print a "machine key"...
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Identifying ROM segment in unknown firmware update file

I am working on reversing a firmware update from a FujiFilm FinePix S1800 camera. So far I have managed to identify the instruction set (ARCompact) and dump a few things from the camera using the ...
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Dumping USB firmware [closed]

How do I dump the firmware of a USB stick? What are the steps and what tools do I need? I understand that I may have to take the USB stick apart.
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CSR DFU File Format

I am trying to reverse engineer the firmware for my JBL Flip 3 speaker. I have obtained a DFU file for the device online but am unsure as to how much of the firmware is included. My first question ...
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Way to know if firmware is compressed

I dumped a wifi firmware of ps3 console but it seems that this firmware is compressed. Here you can have some informations : https://www.psdevwiki.com/ps3/Wifi_Firmware What can I do to decompress it ...
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Multiple memory regions mapped to same data

I'm analyzing a Seagate HDD that provides a serial boot console that allows reading/writing bytes to memory and setting an address pointer. There's a block of memory from 0x0 to 0x20000 and then it ...
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Problem with analyzing a JFFS2 Filesystem

I extracted the content of a NAND Flash and analyzed it with binwalk. Binwalk showed me that the dump contains a big endian JFFS2 filesystem. My next step was extracting the files into a directory. To ...
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How to repack reverse-engineered router firmware?

I managed to unpack the filesystem contents of a TP-Link router .bin file using binwalk, dd and unsquashfs. The squash FS was at the end of the bin file, the part before having a relatively large lzma ...
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SD card microcontroller

I have an SD card that I want to copy the firmware / memory from, my question is what pinouts do I connect to the SPI programmer and what are the commands to copy all of the firmware /memory. Thank ...
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Odd jsr destination in SuperH disassembly w/ Ghirda

I'm reverse engineering firmware from an old sampler/groovebox that uses a Hitachi SuperH-3 7706 processor, making great progress. Out of the 8M or so of code, everything looks and lines up correctly....
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Found a lot of function names in firmware dump. Is it possible to recreate original code?

I'm using IDA PRO 5.0 Free to analyze firmware from a camcorder (mn103 processor). I'm a complete newbie in reverse engineering so it's hard for me to learn how it works only using assembly code. I ...
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How do I decompile/modify a .dfu file?

I'm trying to get my old 3D printer to work with wifi again. A while ago the company was shut down and the printer relied on their website for print queues and stuff, so now the only way to use the ...
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Loading 8051 binary to IDA with ROM+External RAM configuration

I have 8051 firmware file, in 8051 ROM addresses can overlap external RAM addresses(movc and movx solve this issue), however IDA doesn't allow overlapping addresses: In this example the ROM size is ...
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Using NAND flash dump with OOB data

I have NAND flash memory dump, as a separate MTD partitions copied from NAND flash chip use built-in nanddump commands. I need to reflash some corrupted MTD partitions. In order to reflash partitions ...
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Extracting firmware image from binary

I have firmware file in .bin format, but I need get firmware.img image file and Kernel uImage file for reflashing bricked device. How can I get these parts? I used Binwalk to extract content, ...
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Reverse Engineering Firmware Aether Cone

I have been trying to work out if its possible to reverse engineer the firmware for the Aether Cone. This is a good sound quality WIFI and Bluetooth speaker, but with Aether going bust, there is no ...
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Decrypting the Config file of a Huawei router “HG630 V2”

followed that post from Wordpress https://hg658c.wordpress.com/2017/12/04/decrypting-configuration-files-from-other-huawei-home-gateway-routers/ Extracted the 4 Hex strings needed. But, looks ...
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router: how to break into boot?

I have an ISP-provided router, Huawei B5318-42. I connected to it through UART and a UART-USB converter, copied the output from boot, and managed to figure out which chip is the onboard flash memory. ...
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Extract Web Contents From Cisco Firmware Data IMG File

I download firmware https://software.cisco.com/download/home/284973404/type/284971397/release/1.1.4.1 I extract with binwalk sudo apt-get install -y binwalk' binwalk -eM Sx220-R1.1.4.1.bin cd ...
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Open a NEC binary in Ghidra

I have a binary dump from a 76F0219F1 NEC processor. I tried to open it in Ghidra, but I don't see any NEC in the list of supported processors. Does Ghidra support NEC processors? Is there anything I ...
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BOSCH EDC development

I'm trying to reverse engineer some BOSCH EDCs firmware (there are many of them on the internet, for example: Here). To understand it better, I was wondering if someone has any idea how those EDCs ...
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How to extract firmware from a western digital hard drive with custom firmware

Hi all i got a western digital hard drive from a DVR which contains custom firmware so you will not be able to install any hard drive you want on the DVR device. (digital video recorder) something ...
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ECU tune and reverse engineering

I'm new to the ECU (or chip) tune concept, and I try to understand what is going on there. I understand the concept and the goal, but I'm having difficulties to understand what is actually going on ...
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How can I emulate Huawei routers HG5xx firmware?

i want to pentest some HG routers in a way that i can try every thing without worrying if it would damage the router or not .... and a better view of debugging the actions .
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unpacking Download.img firmware for alcatel mw40

Hello i'm trying to unpack file Download.img from alcatel mw40 (based on qualcomm 9x07) firmware but it seems i can't do it with 7zip or mount the img file . someone already extracted the file which ...
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Split IDA segment into sub segments

I'm reversing a firmware, that comes in one big binary chunk(.bin file). After some reversing, I could identify that the big bin has two segments - text and data. Now I want to split the original ...
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how can i decrypt huawei HG531s v1 config file?

I have tried to follow this guide but libxmlapi.so didn't have the required ATP_GetInfo1 function so i moved to the next file libhttpapi.so it had ATP_GetInfo1 ATP_GetInfo2 ATP_GetInfo3 ...
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Avrdude inconsistent readings

I have a problem with this dude and i don't know what to do to make him do a consistent reading or to figure out which reading is the perfect one I'm trying to read my own arduino uno which has a ...
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vector table address in mpcXXXX microcontrollers

I'm disassembling some mpcXXXX microcontroller firmware, and I'm trying to find the vector table and the reset interrupt. For example, I know that in ARM, in some of the microcontrollers, the vector ...
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Extracting ARM Boot zImage

I'm trying to analyze the firmware of a system running Linux and connecting various home automation and security devices. Every time it boots, the GM8125 processor running ARMv5TE loads a firmware ...
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Find File System in Firmware

This is my first attempt at working with firmware. We have some SNMP cards that are flaky & my ultimate goal is to try to make them better. The current firmware version is 12.06.0069. When ...
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unsquashfs failed to read SquashFS file

I tried to unpack binary which is SquashFS system, the file is mtd partition copied from NAND device, Root filesystem (read-only). Actually its SquashFS version, modifyed/patched by vendor. binwalk ...
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Need help : restoring a netgear dgn1000 v3 adsl modem/router

coming in from openwrt forum: https://forum.openwrt.org/t/trying-to-rescue-bricked-dgn1000-v3-need-help/36909 currently have serial console but i may have borked the u-boot looking for help on how to ...
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How to extract DVB firmware bin file?

I have a bin file of DVB(DTH) box firmware I want to change one image inside that bin file how I can do this please guide me in right direction. I tried bin walk but the file that it extracted ...
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Help investigating a printer firmware image

We're having issues with the WiFi connectivity on the printers that we're using on a current project. The printer connects fine, but the ports that should be opened are not opened. They work fine on ...
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Handling firmware with many copies of the same code/data in different address spaces

When loading the firmware I am working with, it copies multiple regions of code/data to another write-able memory region. I normal load the code/data into the destination location and leave the ...
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How to read firmware from an STC microcontroller?

I have some printed circuit boards of a device that is no longer manufactured. I need to repair these boards but there is no replacement for them. I can make other boards, buy the components, but I ...
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Unable to extract IP camera firmware

I am trying to extract the firmware for a Panasonic WV-S2131L ip camera. It comes as a .zip file that contains a .img file. I have tried many methods to try to analyze this file and I have found ...
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me_cleaner and fwupd, or manipulating UEFI .cab files

I'd like to extract a plain dump of the UEFI firmware of my laptop (1:1 copy of the flash content, often called .bin or .rom files) from the .cap file, so that I can modify it slightly with me_cleaner....
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Disassembling Hexagon - Corrupted ELF

I downloaded and unpacked the modem from Google source, after that I used laginimaineb's script to unify all modem binary data. However, when loading this binary to IDA, I get an error says: "Binary ...
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QEMU fpu mode error when attempting to run MIPS binary

I have unpacked a firmware binary using binwalk and have identified the architecture as MIPS by running file bin/busybox . When I try to run the binary with the proper static version of qemu, i get an ...
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Decrypt ibt.sfi linux firmware(Intel Wireless 8265 Linux Bluetooth)

Why I want to decrypt: Intel 8265 Bluetooth is likely a RAMUSB device, which needs system to update firmware. I try to transplant this linux firmware to macOS. Problems I met: The macOS BT firmware ...
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Finding the function of test points on a router

I have a BCM3383 based cable router here where I ultimately want to dump the firmware. I have serial access to the broadcom bootloader and the linux console. Login for linux is unkown and telnet does ...
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GDB: Could not load shared library symbols

I'm currently having a look at the Damn Vulnerable Router Firmware, and I'm roughly following the description that is given here: https://p16.praetorian.com/blog/getting-started-with-damn-vulnerable-...
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Reversing Arris BGW210 firmware

TL;DR: Trying to mount extracted ubi file system onto /dev/mtd0 gives me the error: libscan: scanning eraseblock 323 -- 100 % complete ubiformat: 324 eraseblocks are supposedly empty ubiformat: ...
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Which architecture is this firmware?

I am currently investigating GSL touch-screen controllers firmwares. A firmware example can be found here : https://github.com/onitake/gsl-firmware/blob/master/firmware/4good/t803i/silead_ts.fw In ...
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Switching from seg to text in IDA-View

actually i don't know where the problem but i will describe it I am trying to analyse the firmware of a router and i could extract it and i got these files libxmlapi.so libhttpapi.so libcfmapi.so ...
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Help unpacking U-boot firmware

I'm trying to unpack (extract) and analyse the firmware of an IP Camera (Xiaomi mjsxj02cm). I have this tf_recovery.img that's supposedly a U-Boot image, but I can't unpack it either using dumpimage ...
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Setting register names in Radare2

I am reverse-engineering an 8051 architecture program of a specific chip. The disassembly naturally doesn't contain any function names, and the register names are minimal. For example, address 0xb3 is ...

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