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Mifare dumps parser

Mifare Classic 1k/4k and Mifare Mini (320 bytes) dumps parser in human readable format.
Dumps can be grabbed with mfterm, mfoc or nfc-mfclassic tools from
Dump file size must be 1024 or 4096 bytes.

Included dump.mfd -- Mifare 4k dump for testing.

Another tools

  • 010 Editor — hex editor that has Mifare template. Very handy for editing mfd files.
  • mfterm — Mifare terminal. Also can view and edit mfd dumps.


easy_install bitstring
pip install bitstring

Usage: ./dump.mfd

Mifare mfd dump parser

The total memory of 1024 bytes in Mifare Classic (1k) and 4096 bytes in Mifare 4k is divided into 16 sectors of 64 bytes, each of the sectors is divided into 4 blocks of 16 bytes. Blocks 0, 1 and 2 of each sector can store data and block 3 is used to store keys and access bits (the exception is the ‘Manufacturer Block’ which can not store data). Mifare memory structure

The memory of 1KB and 4KB MIFARE Classic cards is ordered in a similar way. On both cards the first block (block 0) contains the UID, BCC, SAK, ATQA and Manufacturer data. This block is locked and cannot be altered. But some times it can be ;)
Mifare zero block structure

Access bits

Access bits define the way the data in the sector trailer and the data blocks can be accessed. Access bits are stored twice – inverted and non-inverted in the sector trailer as shown in the images. Mifare zero block structure

Some examples:

Data stored in the sector trailer:
01 02 03 04 05 06 FF 07 80 69 11 12 13 14 15 16
01 02 03 04 05 06 – Key A
FF 07 80 69 – Access bits
11 12 13 14 15 16 – Key B (or data if Key B is not used)

Bytes 6, 7, 8 are access data
FF 07 80

Binary representation:
11111111 = FF
(0)0000111 = 07
**(1)000(0)**000 = 80

The bits that are bolded and in parentheses are the ones that define access to keys (C13, C23, C33 in the image above) and they form the 001 sequence. The bits that are bolded and not in parentheses are the same bits inverted. They form, as expected, the sequence 110.

From the table above I can see that 001 means that Key A can not be read, but can be written and Key B may be read. This is the "transport configuration" and was read from the card that was never used.

Another example where access bits 6,7,8 are 0x78 0x77 0x88
mifare access bits explanation


Abbreviation Meaning
T=CL ISO 14443-4 protocol
T=0 ISO 7816-3 character-level protocol
T=1 ISO 7816-3 block-level protocol
UID Unique Identifier, Type A
RID Random ID, typically dynamically generated at Power-on Reset (UID0 = “0x08”, Random number in UID1… UID3)
NUID Non-Unique Identifier
ATQA Answer To Request, type A
ATQB Answer To Request, type B
SAK Select Acknowledge, Type A
RATS Request for Answer To Select
ATS Answer To Select
ATR Anser To Reset What's really ATR means
APDU Application Protocol Data Unit
DIF Dual Interface (cards)
COS Card Operating System
CL Cascade Level acc. to ISO/IEC 14443-3
CT Cascade Tag, Type A
NFC Near Field Communication
PCD Proximity Coupling Device (“Contactless Reader”)
PICC Proximity Integrated Circuit (“Contactless Card”)
PKE Public Key Encryption (like RSA or ECC)
REQA Request Command, Type A (command 0x26)
WUPA Wake-up type A (command 0x52)
SEL Select Command, Type A
RFU Reserved for future use

SAK (Select Acknowledge, Type A) parsing

SAK response is 1 bytes length and 2 bytes CRC16.

Bit 3 is cascade bit indicates that UID is not complete and additional select needed.

The bit 6 in the SAK indicates, whether the PICC is compliant to the ISO/IEC14443-4 or not. However, it does not necessarily indicate, whether the PICC supports the MIFARE Protocol or not.

Other bits in SAK (b1, b2, b4, b5, b7, b8) is not described in ISO 14443-3.

What's really ATR means

ATR is for contact cards and is specified in ISO 7816. For contacless cards, it is the PC/SC reader (IFD) that generates the ATR.

The ATR is constructed based on:

ATS (Answer to Select) for ISO 14443 Type A cards ATQB and ATTRIB bytes for ISO 14443 Type B cards The ATR will be of the form 3B 8X 80 01 HB_ATS Parity_Byte where X is the number of bytes of Historical Bytes of ATS (HB_ATS).

The exact construction of ATR for contactless cards is given in section of the PC/SC spec.

Given that the only variable is ATS, it should be the same regardless of the reader.


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