Pulling code off a pic chip.

Discussion in 'General Electronics Chat' started by danforth, May 10, 2011.

  1. danforth

    Thread Starter New Member

    May 8, 2011
    Are most pic chips in commercial electronics always locked or are some left unlocked? I read that unlocked chips can have the code easily pulled off them by a pic programmer.
  2. strantor

    AAC Fanatic!

    Oct 3, 2010
    Wait for somebody else to chime in as well before you run off all "full of knowledge", but I have always been of the understanding that there's no way to get your programming out of it. I have been told that if you want to make your circuit hard(er) to reverse engineer, either do everything in a PIC or just throw 1 or 2 PICs in there to do a few simple chores because it would take longer to reverse engineer those than to just design a circuit from scratch that accomplishes the same ends. If there is a way to extract the programming, I've never heard of it.
  3. nbw


    May 8, 2011
    I echo that sentiment; it's kind of like a 300 mil black hole - once them bytes are in it's nigh on impossible to get 'em back out.