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CW308T-STM32F

The CW308-STM32F board is the perfect target for testing fault injection against TQFP-64 STM32F/STM32L microcontrollers. Thanks to pin compatablity (mostly) between various devices, this single board supports multiple STM32F/STM32L microcontrollers.

These boards are also available complete with different STM32 devices

Specifications

Feature Notes/Range
Target Device STM32F
Target Architecture Arm Cortex M0, M3, M4
Hardware Crypto Possible
Programmer STM32F Serial Bootloader, JTAG, SWD
Availability Starter kits, Standalone
Status Released

Supported Devices

The STM32F board supports several STM32F devices in the TQFP-64 package. Various solder jumpers need to bet set to either the "A" or "B" position to select appropriate VCC supply for the different series. The following table summarizes examples of suitable devices:

STM32F Series Package Device Hardware AES Tested Jumper Flash SRAM NAE P/N
F0 TQFP-64 STM32F071RBT6 No Yes B 128KB 16KB NAE-CW308T-STM32F0
F1 TQFP-64 STM32F100RBT6B No Yes B 128KB 8KB NAE-CW308T-STM32F1
F2 TQFP-64 STM32F215RET6 Yes Yes A 512KB 132KB NAE-CW308T-STM32F2HWC
F3 TQFP-64 STM32F303RCT7 No Yes B 256KB 40KB NAE-CW308T-STM32F3
F4 TQFP-64 STM32F415RGT6 Yes Yes A 1MB 192KB NAE-CW308T-STM32F4HWC
F4 TQFP-64 STM32F405RGT6 No Yes A 1MB 192KB NAE-CW308T-STM32F4
L4 TQFP-64 STM32L443RCT6 Yes Yes B 256KB 64KB NAE-CW308T-STM32L4 (this version has hardware crypto)
L5 TQFP-64 STM32L562RET6 Yes Yes B 512KB 256KB NAE-CW308T-STM32L5HWC

VCC-Int Supply

Several devices (F2, F4) have internal core voltage regulators. By default the CW308 board attempts to provide power for these pins, but the voltage may not be high enough to cause the internal regulator to disable itself. In this case you can use the VADJ regulator to ensure the internal regulator is disabled. See Targets with Internal Regulators for details.

Pin-outs across TQFP Devices

The following shows differences in pinouts between three groups of devices. The left-most is the STM32F051RB, which uses the same 3.3V VCORE as the STM32F1/F3. It has fewer VCC pins, so the I/O occupying that are VCC/GND pins on the STM32F1 (such as PF6/PF7) are tied to GND/VCC. The right-most part is the pinout of the STM32F2/F4. It has an internal regulator, where the VCAP pins are the output of this regulator (and input to the internal core logic).

power_diffstm32.png

Note for the devices with a 3.3V VCORE, you should not mount decoupling capacitors C5/C6/C7/C8. You will still get some leakage with those capacitors mounted, but a stronger signal is present without them.


Hardware AES

The STM32F21x, and STM32F41x/43x have hardware crypto modules (AES, DES, TDES) along with hardware hash (SHA1, MD5). Hardware crypto for the STM32F4 has been integrated into the Hal build system on the develop branch. To use the hardware crypto, call HW_AES128_Init() at the beginning of your program. You can update the key with HW_AES128_LoadKey(), encrypt plaintext with HW_AES128_Enc(), and decrypt data with HW_AES128_Dec().


CAN Connection

A 6-pin header is present for devices which have CAN hardware support (not all devices have this). A CANoodler can be plugged in to provide the physical transceiver. This header is not normally mounted, unless the board is part of an 'automotive bundle'. The header is left unmounted as it can impede sweeping a probe over the surface of the chip.


Programming Connection

ChipWhisperer Programmer via Bootloader

See further down this page for details.

JTAG Programmer

The 20-pin JTAG port (J6 on CW308 Board) can be used with the ST-LINK/V2 which is a low-cost JTAG programmer.

It is also possible to use other JTAG programmers such as OpenOCD. The following command worked with an Olimex OpenOCD programmer and their OpenOCD for Windows software:

openocd
  -f path/to/board/files/cw308.cfg
  -c init
  -c targets
  -c "halt"
  -c "flash write_image erase path/to/firmware.hex"
  -c "verify_image path/to/firmware.hex"
  -c "reset run"
  -c shutdown

where the contents of cw308.cfg are

source [find interface/olimex-arm-usb-ocd-h.cfg]
source [find target/stm32f4x.cfg]
reset_config srst_only

Example Projects

SimpleSerial builds for each of the STM32Fx Devices. Each device is a separate HAL. These HAL modules have been copied from ST's HAL (not the CUBE) and greatly reduced in size by deleting unused files (such as headers for unused devices), and combining several C-source files into a single low-level C-file.

Many example projects are available via Jupyter Notebooks: https://chipwhisperer.readthedocs.io/en/latest/tutorials.html. Note that all of these examples were created for the CWLITEARM (equivalent STM32F3) target. You will need to make changes based on which target you have to run the tutorials. For some tutorials, changing the PLATFORM variable in the first block to the one you're using is enough to get the tutorial working:

SCOPETYPE = "OPENADC"
PLATFORM = "CW308_STM32F4" #For STM32F4 target, was originally "CWLITEARM"

Building ST Example on Command Line

The regular firmware build process works with the STM32 devices. For example, to build `simpleserial-aes`, navigate to the folder `chipwhisperer\hardware\victims\firmware\simpleserial-aes` and run the following command on the command line:

make PLATFORM=CW308_STM32F0 CRYPTO_TARGET=TINYAES128C

If all goes well, this command will finish by printing the output file size and the platform:

Stm32-make.png

Programming via ChipWhisperer Bootloader

The STM32Fx devices have a built-in bootloader, and the ChipWhisperer software as of 3.5.2 includes support for this bootloader.

Important notes before we begin:

  • You MUST setup a clock and the serial lines for the chip. This is easily done by connecting to the scope and target, then running default_setup():
import chipwhisperer as cw
scope = cw.scope
target = cw.target(scope)
scope.default_setup()
  • On the STM32F1, you MUST adjust the clock frequency to 8MHz. The bootloader does not work with our usual 7.37 MHz clock frequency. This 8MHz frequency does not apply to the code that you're running on the device. Once you're done programming, you'll need to set the frequency back to F_CPU (likely 7.37MHz) For example:
scope.default_setup()
scope.clock.clkgen_freq = 8E6
#program target...
scope.clock.clkgen_freq = 7.37E6
#reset and run as usual

To access the bootloader you can perform these steps. They vary based on if you have a "Rev 02" board or a "Rev 03 or Later" board. The revision number is printed on the bottom side as part of the PCB part number (STM32F-03 is Rev -03 for example).

Rev -03 or Later

Run the following python code once you have the scope and target set up:

prog = cw.programmers.STM32FProgrammer
cw.program_target(scope, prog, "<path to fw hex file>")

If you get errors during the programming process:

  • Retry the programming process with a lower baud rate:
prog = cw.programmers.STM32FProgrammer
cw.program_target(scope, prog, "<path to fw hex file>", baud=38400)
  • If using a CW308 based STM, try mounting a jumper between the "SH-" and "SH+" pins at J16 (to the left of the SMA connector) on the UFO board. Retry programming with the jumper mounted.

Rev -02 Boards

The Rev -02 boards did not have all programming connections present. They require some additional steps:

# Setup the device as usual:

scope = cw.scope()
target = cw.target(scope)
scope.default_setup()
  1. Mount a jumper between the H1 and PDIC pins (again this is ONLY for the -02 rev). - STMF32F-02_programmer_jumper.jpg

# Reset the ARM device either by pressing the reset button (newer UFO boards only), or by toggling power:

import time
scope.io.target_pwr = False
time.sleep(1)
scope.io.target_pwr = True

# Program the device:

prog = cw.programmers.STM32FProgrammer
cw.program_target(scope, prog, "<path to fw hex file>")
  1. The device should program, it may take a moment to fully program/verify on larger devices.
  2. Remove the jumper between the H1/H2 pins.

# Reset the ARM device either by pressing the reset button (newer UFO boards only), or by toggling power:

import time
scope.io.target_pwr = False
time.sleep(1)
scope.io.target_pwr = True

If instead of using the bootloader, you want to use a ST-Link you can instead plug your programmer into the 20 pin JTAG connector (J6 on the UFO board):

Stm32-jtag.jpg

Then, the details of this step will depend on your programmer. If you're using an ST-Link programmer, open the ST-Link utility and connect to the device:

Stm32-connect.png

Load your `.hex` file and program the device with the Program and Verify button:

Stm32-program.png

After this, you're ready to go - you can use the ChipWhisperer terminal to talk to your target. You might need to reset the target before you do anything else.

Building and Debugging via ST's System Workbench

It's also possible to work on the example projects using ST's System Workbench IDE. This IDE also supports debugging, which is helpful for working out all the kinks in your firmware.

To build the ChipWhisperer examples in System Workbench:

1. Create a new Mcu project by going to File > New > C Project and selecting 'Ac6 STM32 MCU Project'. When you get to Target Configuration, click the Mcu tab and select the microcontroller that you want to target:

STM32_New_Project.PNG

STM32_MCU-Selection.PNG

2. Link the external files into the project. To do this, under File > Import, select File System. In the `chipwhisperer\hardware\victims\firmware` directory, select all of the relevant files and folders (Makefile in base folder, Makefile in HAL folder, STM32Fx HAL folder).:

STM32_Import.PNG

3. Set up the build command. In File > Properties, go to C/C++ Build > Behavior and remove 'all' from 'Build' and deselect 'Enable parallel build'. Next, click the Builder Settings tab and deselect 'Use default build command' and 'Generate Makefiles Automatically'. Enter the command you would normally enter on the command line and change 'Build directory' to the folder you want to build in:

STM32_Behaviour.PNG

STM32_Build-Settings.PNG

4. Build the project and confirm that the build works from the output in the IDE console.

Then, if you want to set up debugging:

1. Go to in File > Properties select Run/Debug Settings and create a new debug configuration. Under Debugger, click 'Show generator options...' and setup your Connection Setup based on your debugger. Change 'Reset Mode' to 'Software System reset':

STM32_Debugging.PNG

2. Click Apply and enter debugging mode.

Caveat: the I/O register map in the debugger appears to use the last known device (ie: if you debugged an STM32F4 project before your Makefile project, it sticks with F4's registers). Check that the registers' addresses are correct before you trust them!


Schematic

The following variants are possible, see the table above for SRAM/FLASH/HW-Crypto status:

Variant U1 R3 (VCC-Shunt) R4 (Clock)
F0 STM32F071RBT6 33-ohm 120-ohm
F1 STM32F100RBT6 22-ohm 51-ohm
F2HWC STM32F215RET6 10-ohm 51-ohm
F3 STM32F303RCT7 12-ohm 51-ohm
F4 STM32F405RGT6 10-ohm 51-ohm
F4HWC STM32F415RGT6 10-ohm 51-ohm

Rev -03 Schematic

The current revision of the target is -03. The following shows this schematic:

CW308T_STM32F_03.png

Rev -02 Schematic

The original board sold was the -02 revision. The revision is part of the part number, for example these boards will be marked STM32F-02. The -02 revision also does not have the CAN connector: cw308_stm32f.jpg

CW308T_STM32F_02.png