Session:Microachitectural Attacks: Round Table

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Description An open discussion of microarchitectural attacks: Spectre, Meltdown, side channels, and so on. What can we do and what should we do about them?
Type Discussion
Kids session No
Keyword(s) security
Person organizing TheAlex
Language en - English
en - English
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Starts at 2019/12/28 16:15
Ends at 2019/12/28 17:15
Duration 60 minutes
Location Room:Seminar room 13

Let's meet and talk side channels (and not only)!

Topics of the discussion:

  • Should I care?
    • Do we really need to defend *all* systems against microarchitectural attacks and pay the full (and often high) price of the protection?
    • If not, in which cases is the protection necessary and when is it superfluous?
  • Practical defenses
    • There are numerous proposed defense mechanisms: static analysis, HW extensions, alternative CPU architectures, OS-level isolation, and many many others.
    • Yet, very few of them are used in practice. Why? What can we do to change it?
  • Short-term vs mid-term vs long-term
    • Which of the mechanisms are temporary solutions and which could solve the problem in the long run?
    • Memory safety and speculative execution

If you want to come, please, ping me @oleksii_o to help with planning.

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