This page covers a few likely (hopefully unlikely) oh-noes.
Oh no, I bricked my device
Recovering from a bad firmware install
You can upload new firmware through the bootloader. On power-up or reset,
the bootloader flashes the blue LED for 10 seconds. During that time, start
$ cryptech_upload --firmware --user wheel PIN: <your-wheel-pin>
Recovering from a bad bootloader install
Well, now you've done it. You'll need to buy an ST-LINK programmer. See UsingSTLink.
Oh no, I'm locked out of my device
If you're staring at this thing for the first time, or if you ran
keystore erase, then you have no PIN. Believe it or not, this is the
best case scenario. Log in as wheel with the default PIN
YouReallyNeedToChangeThisPINRightNowWeAreNotKidding, and you should be
able to reset the PINs.
If you forgot the PIN, I feel sorry for you. The only way out of this is
via ST-LINK. The easiest way is to debug with
gdb, set a breakpoint on
hal_rpc_login, and issue the gdb command
Oh no, I forgot (or reset) the master key
As shipped, the Alpha doesn't include a battery backup for the Master Key Memory. So if power is interrupted, the MKM is wiped. (Also, if we had tamper protection more sophisticated than a Panic Button, it would wipe the MKM when you opened the case to install the ST-LINK cable.)
Sorry, there's nothing that can be done about that. All your keys are
still in flash memory, but encrypted with the KEK, which is now gone.
(Unless you used the
masterkey unsecure set command to store the KEK in
unprotected flash memory, but you wouldn't do that, would you?)