IC RE 101 2-Day IC Reverse Engineering & Code Extraction

28 November 2018 - 29 November 2018
Hosted by
Seaport Conference Center
459 Seaport Ct, Redwood City, CA 94063
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Olivier Thomas

Course Description

The primary goal of this training is to provide security professionals and team leaders the skills, mindset and background information necessary to successfully perform analysis of Integrated Circuits (ICs), get knowledge about the diverse means of code extraction and evaluate the efficiency of the existing counter-measures.

It is designed to give to Integrated Circuit professionals a deep understanding of the complete Reverse-Engineering and Attack chain to help them explore and/or build more secure designs but also to give to newcomers a detailed overview for a fast ramp-up.

Students who complete this course will be familiar with all important classes of low-level hardware attacks (shield and hardware counter-measures bypass - ROM and Flash/EEPROM dump - bus passive and active probing - …) through real world examples covering the entire analysis workflow from the lab to the data analysis.

The training describes modern analysis methods involving automation and discuss the efficiency of encryption and modern counter-measures in such a context.

Texplained training combines theoretical lectures and practical assignments so students are ready to analyze any Integrated Circuit at different level from SEM pictures and layout information to schematics.


Texplained 2-day IC Reverse Engineering & Code Extraction training is built to give a complete understanding of Integrated Circuits while explaining the different threats that they face, including the extraction of their embedded software and data. The different chapters are organized so as to let the attendees discover each new topic in a progressive manner that reflects the Reverse-Engineering specific mindset.

This proposed learning curve aims at letting the attendees complete the training by strategizing an Invasive Attack involving Reverse-Engineering, circuit modification and micro-probing.

Finally, the « HW RE & Embedded Code Extraction Techniques » training is also useful to discuss the current state of Integrated Circuits and embedded counter-measures security.

Topics covered during the course

  1. Introduction
  2. Recommended reading
  3. Integrated circuits
  4. Transistors
  5. Digital Electronics
    • Combinatorial logic
    • Sequential logic
    • Memories
  6. Manufacturing Process
  7. Failure Analysis
    • Deprocessing / Delayering
    • Principle
    • Wet chemicals
    • Dry chemicals
    • CMP
    • Imagery
    • Circuit modification
  8. Invasive Attacks
    • First step
    • Reading ROM
    • Reading flash
    • Linear Code Extraction * Invasive attacks involving reverse engineering
    • Reverse engineering standard cells
  9. Shield / Mesh
  10. Automating the Reverse Engineering

who should attend

  • Digital police investigators
  • Forensic investigators in other law-enforcement agencies
  • Integrated circuit design & test engineers
  • Engineers involved in securing hardware platforms against attacks
  • Researchers who want to understand the nature of many hardware attacks
  • Team leaders
  • Hardware hackers who want to become familiar with attacks on integrated circuits
  • Parties involved in hardware reverse-engineering and Vulnerability analysis

Minimum software to install

None. Students will be provided assignments on paper as well as the training material as a .pdf file


$2200 (until October 29th)
$2900 (after October 29th)
Cancellation requests by paid registrants must be made at least 45 days before the event and may be subject to an administration fee. In the event of course cancellation by the trainer, students may choose to attend an alternate course (space pending) or receive a full refund.

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