Thursday, July 30, 2015 @ 04:07 PM gHale
Researchers published a report in March detailing a problem with some memory chips that can end up exploited to give access to any computer using the latest DDR3 DRAM chips.
That is the Row Hammer exploit that works by constantly hammering a row of memory cells until they create an electromagnetic interference for the adjacent rows, causing them to lose data and alter normal operation.
The original research showed how this type of attack was only possible from the local machine, which meant the computer had to be suffering an infection.
“Rowhammer.js is the first remote software-induced hardware-fault attack” which would make it a real problem if the Row Hammer bug wouldn’t be so hard to implement and control, the researchers said.