Glitch Explorer

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For the older V3.x tools, see V3:Glitch_Explorer

The Glitch Explorer allows an automatic exploration of a range of one or more parameter values. It means that the user can test multiple glitch setups at the same time and see the result in a nice scatterplot, highlighting the successful attempts.

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The Glitch Explorer Window

The main window of the glitch explorer looks like this:

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In top, the output of the system combined with the parameters of the glitch is displayed (the 'output window').

In bottom, you can adjust general parameters of the glitching system, such as what counts as a successful glitch or not and the ability to load existing data into the glitch explorer table.

Using the Glitch Explorer - The Basics

Here are a few steps that should be done before using the glitch explorer (example uses the ChipWhisperer Lite):

  1. Connect the ChipWhisperer Scope and Target (example: run the script) Run connect script.png

  2. Set up the parameters for glitching (example: run the script) Run glitch script.png

  3. Setup the automatic reset aux module (example: run the script) Run reset aux script.png
    Note: This file may have to be edited if you later have issues with trigger timeouts. The trigger timeouts can usually be fixed by switching the appropriate lines in a copy of the script
    # Reset before arming - more stable
    aux_list.register(Resetter.resetThenDelay, "before_trace")
    # Reset after arming - scope can catch entire reset
    #aux_list.register(Resetter.delayThenReset, "after_arm")


    # Reset before arming - more stable
    #aux_list.register(Resetter.resetThenDelay, "before_trace")
    # Reset after arming - scope can catch entire reset
    aux_list.register(Resetter.delayThenReset, "after_arm")

    Another note: Remember to run this script and disable the other aux module inside the "Aux Settings" tab.

  4. Change the glitch trigger source from manual to external single. Run this command in the python console: self.scope.glitch.trigger_src = "ext_single"

  5. Register the change_glitch_parameters function as the glitch explorer iterator (example: run the script). Changes to the step size and range that the glitch explorer covers can be customized by changing variables within this script and running the changed script. Register ge iterator.png

  6. Set the normal and successful outputs (example: using the firmware in glitch-simple, after editing the c to use the glitch1() function rather than the glitch_infinite() function) Set responses.png

  7. Open the glitch explorer graph widget by pressing the Plot Widget button inside the Glitch Explorer Window.

Now you are ready to click the "Capture M" to start the exploration. </b>If you run into forced trigger issues go back to the previous steps where it was mentioned how to fix the issue.</b>

Using the Glitch Explorer - Advanced

To get more detailed information of how to use the Glitch Explorer, follow the A2 and A3 tutorials.

If you want to create a script to fully automate this attack, check out the example in chipwhisperer/software/scripting-examples/ .