When reverse-engineering bare-metal ARM firmwares often a lot of time is spent annotating the memory-mapped peripherals, to understand how the code interacts with the chip features. Creating these peripherals by hand is significant work: Reading the datasheets and creating all the different memory regions, structures and memory registers will take a long time.
SVD-Loader for Ghidra automates the entire generation of peripheral structs and memory maps for over 650 different microcontrollers: By parsing so-called SVD files (CMSIS System View Description) SVD-Loader is able to automatically annotate all peripherals of the controller, simplifying reverse-engineering of ARM firmwares significantly.
- Load a binary file
- Open it in the code-browser, do not analyze it
- Run the
- Select an SVD file
- Analyze the file
Before and after
By loading the SVD, the constants on the left (
_DAT_40000200 etc.) get turned into easily readable structure reads & writes.
The generated Peripheral namespace allows easy browsing through all memory mapped peripherals. Blue peripherals have references to them, while black peripherals are unused.
SVD-Loader creates structures for the peripherals, grouping the registers of a peripheral together.