I update my BeagleBone images very frequently. As soon as you have more than one beagle running around your house, keeping track of them takes some effort. I like to have unique hostnames set for each device so that I can ssh into the unique device. I also put a little sticker on each one to remind me of the hostname.
I’m a H2G2 fan. I feel somewhat compelled to always have a picture. The use of the filter in this picture is borderline relationship ending.
Anyway, it’s pretty easy to change the hostname on Debian. To do it properly you need to edit two files,
. It’s an annoying little task that I do often enough I finally decided to script it. I should start making a collection of these scripts as I perform the same tasks each time, but we have to start somewhere.
if [[ "$#" -ne 1 ]]; then
echo "$0 usage: newhostname (run as root)"
sed -i "s/$name/$1/" /etc/hosts
Also available via
chmod +x changehostname.sh
The schematic, EAGLE CAD files, and Bill of Materials for the CHUCKWAGON I2C adapter as presented at DEFCON22 are now available. You can buy the board directly from OSH Park, the components from Digikey, and solder the device yourself. For those looking for some references on using I2C on the BeagleBone Black, check out my I2C references post.
CHUCWAGON soldered to the CryptoCape. I soldered wires underneath and to the male headers just below the CHUCKWAGON.
It does require surface mount soldering, but it’s a good board on which to practice. The top layer isn’t so bad but the pads for the P-channel MOSFET on the bottom are a bit tight. If you don’t want to deal with the P-Channel MOSFET, you can put a solder bridge over the source and drain and connect the 5V rail from the VGA adapter to the board. Just be careful not to get the gate, which will short the power rail to ground!
The CHUCKWAGON was also in the NSA Playset Deluxe package. This package was auctioned at the EFF auction, theSummit, which sold for over $2,000. A representative from the EFF passed along their thanks:
Thank you very much for your fantastic donation this year! It’s clear how appreciated it was as it is now the highest valued item auctioned at the EFF summits… ever!
The collection of NSA Playset gadgets. There’s a CHUCKWAGON in there somewhere…
Photo by Michael Ossman
I think the two HackRFs
in the bucket were of greater value than the CHUCKWAGON though ;)
My HOPE X slides are now posted. You can listen to the full audio of the presentation here. Thanks to everyone who attended! If you missed me at HOPE, you can catch me at DEF CON.
My DEF CON 22 Talk, NSA Playset: DIY WAGONBED Hardware Implant over I2C, time is now posted on the DEF CON schedule. It’s Sunday at 11:00 am in Track 1. Be sure to stay for the NSA Playset: GSM Sniffing directly following!
The NSA Playset talks have been receiving some attention in the press. You don’t want to miss them!
In this talk we present an open source hardware version of the NSA’s hardware trojan codenamed WAGONBED. From the leaked NSA ANT catalog, WAGONBED is described as a malicious hardware device that is connected to a server’s I2C bus. Other exploits, like IRONCHEF, install a software exploit that exfiltrate data to the WAGONBED device. Once implanted, the WAGONBED device is connected to a GSM module to produce the NSA’s dubbed CROSSBEAM attack.
We present CHUCKWAGON, an open source hardware device that attaches to the I2C bus. With the CHUCKWAGON adapter, we show how to attach an embedded device, like a BeagleBone, to create your own hardware implant. We show how to add a GSM module to CHUCKWAGON to provide the hardware for the CROSSBEAM exploit. We improve the WAGONBED implant concept by using a Trusted Platform Module (TPM) to protect data collection from the target. The talk will demonstrate how these features can be used for good, and evil!
After months of work, the CryptoCape is now available at SparkFun Electronics. This cape adds a bunch of security features to the BeagleBone Black. There are seven independent ICs on that board that are connected over I2C. Each IC has a range of features as such, there’s a lot one can do with this hardware. For those who like to read, check out the hookup guide for examples and a walk-through. If you want to listen and watch an off-the-cuff screencast of me performing at demo, check out these screencasts.
Me with the CryptoCape and a good German Beer.
I’m very grateful to SparkFun for supporting this idea. I approached them with this idea and applied for their Hacker-in-Residence program. Back then, SparkFun was still calling “capes” “shields”. Now they have a slick BeagleBone Proto Cape in addition to mine, so I’d like to think I helped them get more into the BeagleBone :)
I’ve been having a lot of fun with this cape. Of course, I like the security ICs and written a few drivers for them. Even if you are not into security, the onboard ATmega is really fun. It can be flashed from the BeagleBone so you can combine Arduino projects with the Beagle!
I have a few boards on Tindie, that I hand assemble, but this is the first device that’s being professionally manufactured. This is the first, of hopefully more, open source hardware security devices from Cryptotronix. I have a few projects spinning now, but if you support open source hardware, and want to add some hardware security, feel free to contact me.
I’ll be talking more about the CryptoCape, how I got into this, and some project ideas at HOPE X in NYC this summer.
For those with a darker color hat, my DEF CON 22 talk was recently accepted. Once the abstract is posted on the speaker page I’ll announce that here. <evil grin>
For those that use the BeagleBone flasher images there was a recent change posted. For new images, the four LEDs will be OFF when the flashing is complete. Previously, they were all on.
I’m not sure why I felt the need to include a picture of unlit LEDs. Consider this journalistic proof of what LEDs look like when they are off.
The change will improve the reliability of the micro SD card you use to flash the Beagle as the board will now be shutdown by the flasher script. Most of the blogs and instructions out there will say wait for all four LEDs to be illuminated when done. However, the reference instructions has always been at the eLinux Beagle Board Debian site.
The latest images are available from BeagleBoard.org. When you flash your new Rev C, keep in mind this change!
I have been running a Tor relay on a BeagleBone Black since last August. It’s been reset twice. Once after Heartbleed, which effectively destroyed the uptime calculation since it looks like a new relay. The other was when I accidentally unplugged it.
Bandwidth graph on my BBB for the last month from Tor Atlas
While my daughter may be too young to start learning electronics, I’m on the lookout for interesting projects. Raspberry Pi Projects for Kids by Daniel Bates has three fun, well described projects1.
I’m thinking Scheme at 6 months, Prolog at 7, and then she’ll be ready for Scratch at 8 ;)
I was selected to talk at the Hackers on Planet Earth (HOPE) conference this July 18th-20th in NYC! The talk is Friday, 9pm, in Olson. I’m honored and super excited to tell everybody about the Open Source Hardware hacking I’ve been doing for the last few months. I attended HOPE 9 and it was filled with some very high quality talks; too many to attend. I’m absolutely thrilled to be on the speaker list.
The title of my talk is: Crypto for Makers: Projects for the BeagleBone, Pi, and AVRs and below is the summary which I submitted. If you have been following my blog, or my company, you should have a pretty good idea of what I’m going to talk about.
The main conference website is here and you can still buy tickets here. The keynote speaker is Daniel Ellsberg, the man behind the Pentagon Papers. I hope I don’t have to speak in his time slot. See you in NYC!
As more devices join the Internet of Things, it is increasingly important that these devices remain protected from surveillance and compromise. This talk will show how to add specialized, commercially available, crypto Integrated Circuits (ICs) to improve the security of your BeagleBone, Pi, or AVR based platform. ICs such as a Trusted Platform Module, I2C authentication chips, and hardware random number generators will be discussed. The CryptoCape, an Open Source Hardware daughterboard, made in collaboration between SparkFun Electronics and Josh, will be presented in detail. Lastly, this talk will describe the experience of running a Tor relay on a BeagleBone Black for over 200 days.
I will also have a booth at the Denver Mini-Maker Faire in early May if you are in the area.
Yesterday I presented at Loveland CreatorSpace’s Make Show and Tell hosted by Aleph Objects. As always, I was impressed by everybody’s projects. There was a decent non-member showing as well as the word is getting out about LCS. By the way, we have a physical space now.
Talking about the CryptoCape
Midway through the show-and-tell we receive a tour of Aleph Objects and saw the massive 3D printer array, which is printing parts for more 3D printers. Aleph gives tours frequently so if you are in the Northern Colorado area, you should really check it out.
The early cryptocape. Made on a prototype SparkFun breadboard
I was there talking about the CryptoCape and I had brought the first prototype with me. The board has certainly come a long way and there is plenty more to do. I really wanted a crypto board that was hacker-friendly and could be extended in various projects. I keep thinking about new ways to use the cape and I think it’s going to be a lot of fun for people.
In other news, tomorrow is Arduino Day. Swing by SparkFun and pick up some discount Arduinos! I have my eyes set on the pro Minis.