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CAPEC-401: Physically Hacking Hardware

Attack Pattern ID: 401
Abstraction: Standard
Status: Stable
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+ Description
An adversary exploits a weakness in access control to gain access to currently installed hardware and precedes to implement changes or secretly replace a hardware component which undermines the system's integrity for the purpose of carrying out an attack.
+ Likelihood Of Attack


+ Typical Severity


+ Relationships
Section HelpThis table shows the other attack patterns and high level categories that are related to this attack pattern. These relationships are defined as ChildOf and ParentOf, and give insight to similar items that may exist at higher and lower levels of abstraction. In addition, relationships such as CanFollow, PeerOf, and CanAlsoBe are defined to show similar attack patterns that the user may want to explore.
ChildOfMeta Attack PatternMeta Attack Pattern - A meta level attack pattern in CAPEC is a decidedly abstract characterization of a specific methodology or technique used in an attack. A meta attack pattern is often void of a specific technology or implementation and is meant to provide an understanding of a high level approach. A meta level attack pattern is a generalization of related group of standard level attack patterns. Meta level attack patterns are particularly useful for architecture and design level threat modeling exercises.440Hardware Integrity Attack
ParentOfDetailed Attack PatternDetailed Attack Pattern - A detailed level attack pattern in CAPEC provides a low level of detail, typically leveraging a specific technique and targeting a specific technology, and expresses a complete execution flow. Detailed attack patterns are more specific than meta attack patterns and standard attack patterns and often require a specific protection mechanism to mitigate actual attacks. A detailed level attack pattern often will leverage a number of different standard level attack patterns chained together to accomplish a goal.402Bypassing ATA Password Security
Section HelpThis table shows the views that this attack pattern belongs to and top level categories within that view.
+ Example Instances
A malicious subcontractor or subcontractor's employee that is responsible for system maintenance secretly replaces a hard drive with one containing malicious code that will allow for backdoor access once deployed.
+ Content History
Submission DateSubmitterOrganization
2014-06-23CAPEC Content TeamThe MITRE Corporation
Modification DateModifierOrganization
2015-11-09CAPEC Content TeamThe MITRE Corporation
Updated Attack_Prerequisites, Description Summary, Examples-Instances, References, Related_Attack_Patterns, Typical_Severity
2018-07-31CAPEC Content TeamThe MITRE Corporation
Updated Description Summary, Examples-Instances, Typical_Likelihood_of_Exploit
2019-04-04CAPEC Content TeamThe MITRE Corporation
Updated Example_Instances
2020-07-30CAPEC Content TeamThe MITRE Corporation
Updated @Name, Related_Weaknesses
Previous Entry Names
Change DatePrevious Entry Name
2015-11-09Hacking Hardware Devices or Components
2020-07-30Hacking Hardware
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