Mobile Threat Catalogue

Probe Stations


Threat Category: USIM / SIM / UICC security

ID: STA-34

Threat Description: Probe Stations allows tiny probe needles to be positioned on arbitrary wires on a naked chip to create new channels to the outside world. All data exchange between the between the CPU and the memories can be tapped and it is possible to retrieve full running program code and program data including keys.

Threat Origin

A Review of Smartcard Security Issues 1

Exploit Examples

Not Applicable

CVE Examples

Not Applicable

Possible Countermeasures


  1. H. Ko and R. Caytiles, “A Review of Smartcard Security Issues,” Journal of Security Engineering, 8, no. 3 (2011): 6. [accessed 10/11/21]