Over the last couple of days, a few tools and basics in terms of reversing and debugging firmware were introduced and explanatory shown here in form of the ‘The hacker’s lab’ article series by @VVid0w and me.
To make the wheel go round or at least roll a few meters without stopping I thought I‘d add this series, since it is also on my list of things I want to do anyway.
So what are we talking about here?
The general idea is that I will be building my own little reversing lab at home, since until now I mostly used top notch hardware/tools for playing around with which I had access to through my work. As some of you may know already I am still a student and cannot afford to buy tools worth multiple thousands of $. Therefore, the article series will also be my attempt to build a low- to medium-range cost lab combined with a hopefully fun project.
Yes I know most of the stuff which comes cheap has to be replaced by better functioning stuff eventually. Mostly this will happen sooner than later… Therefore, I will give my two cents on the tools I purchased and may ask more experienced users here for their opinions or recommendations along the way.
So where am I standing right now. What is my status quo? The answer is I am starting from scratch.
What I have so far:
• Bus Pirate : Status - ready
• Multimeter : Status - ready
• Logic analyzer : Status – ordered and on the way
Now some may think: “Phew, what the heck, that’s not a lot to work with!” That is correct. I told you I (or we) will start from zero so documenting this will be fun and exciting and all my struggles will be revealed along the way …
For the Multimeter I first bought a cheap $30 one and thought “This will be fine. What could possibly go wrong?” Well much, I guess. I will not name the brand because it seems to be a local one here distributed only a few countries in Europe. All I will say is it felt and behaved like a toy for first graders so whatever… I sent it back and looked for a decent Multimeter that is affordable and fits the purpose of the low- to mid-range budget lab.
I ended up at Fluke, which seems to be the ultimate solution for a high price. In the end, I still bought the Fluke115 for whopping $150. After the first ‘hands on’, I felt satisfied with what I got though. It will be my life companion…
What is next on my list to buy:
• A freaking table to work on
• Digital Oscilloscope
• Soldering station
Now enough of this preface and advertising cough. Part 1 with the first steps and revealing the project will be up soon.
TL;DR: Will be building a low/medium cost reversing lab to start my projects at home. Already experienced my first struggle with the first purchase. Updates soon.