Faculty Advisor

Eisenbarth, Thomas

Faculty Advisor

Venkatasubramanian, Krishna Kumar


Sensory channel threats on embedded systems are an often overlooked attack vector. Because many computing systems focus on digital communication, much of the security research for embedded systems has focused on securing the communication channels between devices. This project explores sensory channel attack concepts and demonstrates that an attack on an embedded device purely through sensory channel inputs can achieve arbitrary code execution. Unlike previous research on sensory channel attacks, this work does not require the device to have preloaded malware. We demonstrate that our attacks were successful in two separate, realistic applications with up to a 100.00% success rate. Finally, we propose a possible defense to these attacks and suggest future avenues of research in this field.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

March 2016


Computer Science

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Advisor Department

Computer Science