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Attacks on Hardware: How to Ruin Your Life
17 November 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Within a span of just a few years, we have gone from completely trusting our hardware to realising that everything is broken and all our security guarantees are built on sand. Memory chips have fundamental (Rowhammer) flaws that allow attackers to modify data without accessing it and CPUs are full of side channels and transient execution problems that lead to information leakage across pretty much all security boundaries. Combined, these issues have led to a string of high-profile attacks. In this talk, I will discuss some of the developments in such attacks, mostly by means of the attacks in which our group was involved. Although the research was exciting, I will argue that the way we conduct security research on hardware is broken. The problem is that the interests of hardware manufacturers and academics do not align and this is bad for everyone.
Zoom meeting link: https://newcastleuniversity.zoom.us/j/82686966612?pwd=NDdmK1MzeE5sMTd0ZzgzVGs4SUZYZz09
Meeting ID: 826 8696 6612
Youtube streaming: https://youtu.be/DYc4a7O-xLI