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Conference Venue: RAI Amsterdam, Europaplein 24, 1078 GZ Amsterdam, The Netherlands

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Thursday, September 26 • 9:00am - 9:45am
The house is built on sand: exploiting hardware glitches and side channels in perfect software

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For years, we have tried to address security problems by fixing software bugs and misconfigurations. For critical systems, we may even choose to formally verify software to guarantee the absence of bugs. However, the question is whether getting rid of bugs in the software is sufficient. In this talk, I will discuss vulnerabilities in hardware (leading to glitches and side channels) that allow attackers to compromise systems even in the absence of software bugs. In particular, I will give an overview of our work on Rowhammer and discuss our recent work on RIDL (the speculative execution vulnerability in all Intel processors disclosed earlier this year).

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Herbert Bos

Full professor, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Herbert Bos is a full professor at VUSec, the systems security group at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam in the Netherlands. He obtained his Ph.D. from Cambridge University Computer Laboratory (UK). Coming from a systems background, he drifted into security a few years ago and never left... Read More →


Thursday September 26, 2019 9:00am - 9:45am CEST
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