Getting Started

The Screamer M.2 board comes pre-flashed with the PCILeech gateware , ready for DMA attacks.


1. Disable IOMMU on the target system

Check your motherboard BIOS settings on the target computer. (The one you want to read/write the memory).

IOMMU setting should be set to disabled.

2. Plug the Screamer M.2

Power off your target computer and plug the Screamer M.2.

Optionally use the provided PCIe adapter cards to fit your target:

  • PCIe x4 to M.2

  • PCIe x1 to M.2

_images/screamer_m2_r03_pciex4.jpg _images/screamer_m2_r03_pciex1.jpg

3. Boot the target system

Power up the target computer.

The Screamer M.2 is powered from the PCIe/M.2 connector, and will boot at the same time than the target system it is plugged in.


The JTAG Serial cable alone does not power the Screamer M.2 ! The Screamer M.2 requires power from the M.2 connector for all operations (programming or running PCILeech).

Once booted, the FPGA “Prog Done” LED LD3 will be green. If the LED LD3 is not turned on, check the power from the PCIe/M.2 slot, and make sure the FPGA is correctly programmed.

At this stage, the Screamer (PCIe side) should be visible from the device manager or lspci on the target system. (By default with PCILeech gateware, it is seen as Ethernet controller).

4. Connect with USB-C/USB 3

Plug the USB-C or USB 3 cable to the Screamer M.2 and to your control computer. Optionally use the provided USB-C to USB 3.1 Type-A Adapter if your control computer does not have any USB-C port.


Now the Screamer (USB3 side) should show up as USB FTDI device.

5. Run PCILeech

Install PCILeech on the control computer.

Run PCILeech:

$ sudo ./pcileech probe -device fpga -v

[+] using FTDI device: 0403:601f (bus 2, device 5)
[+] FTDI - FTDI SuperSpeed-FIFO Bridge - serialNumber 000000000001
DEVICE: FPGA: PCIeScreamer M2 PCIe gen2 x1 [300,0,500] [v4.6,0100]
 Memory Map:
 START              END               #PAGES
 0000000000000000 - 000000000009ffff  000000a0
 00000000000c0000 - 00000000caffffff  000caf40
 0000000100000000 - 000000012dffffff  0002e000

 Current Action: Probing Memory
 Access Mode:    Normal
 Progress:       4832 / 4832 (100%)
 Speed:          241 MB/s
 Address:        0x000000012E000000
 Pages read:     1019872 / 1236992 (82%)
 Pages failed:   217120 (17%)
Memory Probe: Completed.