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CAPEC-520: Counterfeit Hardware Component Inserted During Product Assembly

Attack Pattern ID: 520
Abstraction: Detailed
Status: Draft
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+ Description
An attacker with either direct access to the product assembly process or to the supply of subcomponents used in the product assembly process introduces counterfeit hardware components into product assembly. The assembly containing the counterfeit components results in a system specifically designed for malicious purposes.
+ 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.
ChildOfStandard Attack PatternStandard Attack Pattern - A standard level attack pattern in CAPEC is focused on a specific methodology or technique used in an attack. It is often seen as a singular piece of a fully executed attack. A standard attack pattern is meant to provide sufficient details to understand the specific technique and how it attempts to accomplish a desired goal. A standard level attack pattern is a specific type of a more abstract meta level attack pattern.444Development Alteration
Section HelpThis table shows the views that this attack pattern belongs to and top level categories within that view.
+ Prerequisites
The attacker will need either physical access or be able to supply malicious hardware components to the product development facility.
+ Skills Required
[Level: High]
Resources to maliciously construct components used by the manufacturer.
[Level: High]
Resources to physically infiltrate manufacturer or manufacturer's supplier.
+ Example Instances
A manufacturer of a firewall system requires a hardware card which functions as a multi-jack ethernet card with four ethernet ports. The attacker constructs a counterfeit card that functions normally except that packets from the attacker's network are allowed to bypass firewall processing completely. Once deployed at a victim location, this allows the attacker to bypass the firewall unrestricted.
+ References
[REF-439] John F. Miller. "Supply Chain Attack Framework and Attack Patterns". The MITRE Corporation. 2013. <>.
+ Content History
Submission DateSubmitterOrganization
2014-06-23CAPEC Content TeamThe MITRE Corporation
Modification DateModifierOrganization
2015-11-09CAPEC Content TeamThe MITRE Corporation
Updated Related_Attack_Patterns, Typical_Likelihood_of_Exploit
2019-09-30CAPEC Content TeamThe MITRE Corporation
Updated Related_Attack_Patterns
2021-06-24CAPEC Content TeamThe MITRE Corporation
Updated Related_Attack_Patterns
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