Hard Disk Hacking

While the hard disk controller is a beast without much data known about it, it’s still perfectly well possible to reverse engineer it and to write custom code for it. The unknown-ness of the controller does make it harder to write generic hacks, which makes me doubtfull that a thing like the evil firmware patch will ever be seen in the wild: it’s much easier to just get another zero-day software exploit than reverse engineer the firmware of every single hard disk every server you stumble upon has.

I also hope to have proven that a broken hard disk is something you can still use. While the mechanics of a broken HD probably are shot, the PCB still contains an usable embedded system, which actually is pretty powerful considering you can usually get broken hard disks for free.

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… is a young padawan of SysAdmin & DevOps arts. He works in a bioinformatics institute of C.N.R. in Bari (Italy). When needed he offers his knowledge as an ICT consultant to local business. He's an – active – social networker since 1999. Here is his Gravatar profile.

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