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As a primer to this, we decided to start a series in which we discuss the process of extracting firmware from different microcontrollers MCUs. The goal of this series is to cover a number of microcontrollers that might be encountered and to introduce you to tools, software, and methods used to extract firmware or to validate that the system designer has properly secured microcontroller memory areas. To gain access to the firmware on Atmel microcontrollers, we will read directly from the controller over Serial Programming Interface SPI.
Accomplishing this requires the following tools and software:. The avrdude application can be downloaded here. The firmware to this can be downloaded here , and the directions for upgrading the Bus Pirate firmware can be found at this website. The other option is to connect directly to the microprocessor. At this point, the datasheet comes in handy in identifying the pinout of the MCU.
To do this, you can use a multimeter configured for continuity checking to trace out these pins to a header connection on the board or an easier location on the circuit board to solder wires that can be attached to the Bus Pirate. Image source. Once connected, you can then use the avrdude application to extract the flash memory from the ATmega microcontroller using the following command:. The Atmel AVR microcontroller is specified using the -p switch. The -c switch identifies the SPI interface device, -P points to the device location of the Bus Pirate—in this case, it is attached to the system as ttyUSB0—and finally, -u tells avrdude to extract the flash memory and write it to the file flash.
For performance and reliability, it is recommended that this process be done from a real, physical machine running Linux, and not be attempted from a virtual machine.
Datasheet Atmel ATmega2561
Extracting Firmware from Microcontrollers' Onboard Flash Memory, Part 1: Atmel Microcontrollers