CAPEC-537 - Infiltration of Hardware Development Environment

An attacker, leveraging the ability to manipulate components of primary support systems and tools within the development and production environments, inserts malicious software within the hardware and/or firmware development environment. The infiltration purpose is to alter developed hardware components in a system destined for deployment at the victim's organization, for the purpose of disruption or further compromise.

Severity

Likelihood

Confidentiality

Integrity

Availability

Medium level: Intelligence about the manufacturer's operating environment and infrastructure.

High level: Ability to develop, deploy, and maintain a stealth malicious backdoor program remotely in what is essentially a hostile environment.

High level: Development skills to construct malicious attachments that can be used to exploit vulnerabilities in typical desktop applications or system configurations. The malicious attachments should be crafted well enough to bypass typical defensive systems (IDS, anti-virus, etc)

The victim must use email or removable media from systems running the IDE (or systems adjacent to the IDE systems).

The victim must have a system running exploitable applications and/or a vulnerable configuration to allow for initial infiltration.

The attacker must have working knowledge of some if not all of the components involved in the IDE system as well as the infrastructure.