How to hack an SSDs storage drive
Tuesday 26 February 2019

To start the new Development, Data and Drop (D3) Community we start with a nice boy story from Bernard van Gastel who managed to bypass the hardware encryption of different SSDs storage disks.

To start the new Development, Data and Drop (D3) Community we start with a nice boy story from Bernard van Gastel who managed to bypass the hardware encryption of different SSDs storage disks. The presentation will include the discovery, briefly the technical details and it also shows the communication with the manufacturers after the discovery.


Presentation of 1 hour, questions after completion


Modern storage drives, Solid State Drives or SSDs often include built-in support for encryption (called full disk encryption or self-encrypting drives). This is built in to prevent data from being read by unauthorized people if the disc is lost. The only way to get to the data on the disk should be to enter a correct password. Our research has shown that the manufacturers Samsung and Crucial, which account for more than 50% of the market of SSDs, have released discs where the password is not necessary to read the discs. It concerns both internal (NVMe / SATA) and external disks (USB). The built-in encryption software from Windows, BitLocker, relies on this built-in hardware encryption in disks in a number of cases.

The presentation will include the process of discovery, the process of responsible disclosure, the legal side and communication with the manufacturers and their reactions. The technical side will also be touched on, including how the process of reverse engineering works with hardware.


18.30: Free run including dinner

19.00: Start presentation

20.00: Question round

20.15: Drinks and networking opportunity

About the Speaker

Dr. Bernard van Gastel is Assistant Professor at the Open University within the Informatics department. His expertise area is software / hardware interaction; among other things in the field of energy consumption analysis and that of hardware design. His dissertation contributed to the development of various methods with which the sustainability (in terms of energy consumption) of software can be investigated.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/bvgastel/


The event is organized by RISA IT, an IT secondary and automation firm from The Hague.

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