Interaction with networked systems is increasingly becoming part of everyday life: a morning look at the smartphone, telephone calls via the home router, switching on the heating with an Alexa-controlled thermostat. The multitude of »mini-computers« found in private homes, public spaces and offices offers a huge target for computer crime. To address the risk factor of vulnerable networked systems, the Fraunhofer FKIE has developed the »Firmware Analysis and Comparison Tool« (FACT).
FACT, initially developed with the support of the German Federal Office for Information Security (BSI), aims to provide a publicly available tool for the automated analysis of firmware, the basic operating software of a computer system. The tool makes investigating the security of any device manageable for analysts and users.