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CAPEC-623: Compromising Emanations Attack

Compromising Emanations Attack
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Attack Pattern ID: 623
Abstraction: Detailed
Status: Draft
Completeness: Stub
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+ Summary

Compromising Emanations (CE) are defined as unintentional signals which an attacker may intercept and analyze to disclose the information processed by the targeted equipment. Commercial mobile devices and retransmission devices have displays, buttons, microchips, and radios that emit mechanical emissions in the form of sound or vibrations. Capturing these emissions can help an adversary understand what the device is doing.

+ Attack Prerequisites
  • Proximal access to the device.

+ Typical Severity


+ Attacker Skills or Knowledge Required

Skill or Knowledge Level: High

Sophisticated attack.

+ Solutions and Mitigations

None are known.

+ Attack Motivation-Consequences
ScopeTechnical ImpactNote
Read application data
Capture vibrations/emissions from the handset or retransmission device display screen to recreat display information from a distance.
+ Technical Context
Architectural Paradigms
+ Content History
CAPEC Content TeamThe MITRE Corporation2015-11-09Internal_CAPEC_Team

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