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Installing ChipWhisperer/Using VMWare Virtual Machine

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If this is your first time using the ChipWhisperer toolchain, the easiest way to start is to use a virtual machine with everything already set up for you.

  1. Install the VMWare Player software (free). Note that this program is available for Windows and Linux - if you're running a Mac, you're out of luck.
  2. Download a ChipWhisperer virtual machine image release. Look for the latest release (4.0.1 as of now).
  3. Unzip the VMWare image and open the file ChipWhisperer xxxxx.vmx in VMWare Player.

Once you've opened this, you may want the latest version of the ChipWhisperer software - the version packaged with the VM image could be quite old. To do this, open LXTerminal in Ubuntu and run the following commands:

cd chipwhisperer
git pull

If you ever want to switch versions, you can run

git checkout <release number>

For example, git checkout 0.11RC will move back to the 0.11 release. git checkout master will always give you the latest software.

The password for the default account cwuser is cwpassword

There's an old Youtube tutorial of this setup available online.