Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Boston Linux Meeting reminder Wednesday, January 17, 2018 - Side Channel Attacks on Modern Hardware

When: January 17, 2018 7:00PM (6:30PM for Q&A)
Topic: Side Channel Attacks on Modern Hardware
Moderators: Shankar Viswanathan
Location: MIT Building E-51, Room 315

*** Note We are reverting back to our old time of 6:30 Q&A followed by
the speaker at about 7pm ****


A survey of known attacks that exploit hardware vulnerabilities


A lot of performance features in modern CPUs are being used to mount
attacks on the processor. This talk survey some of the types of attacks
that have been demonstrated so far with a primer on the
micro-architectural features that are being used to mount such attacks.
It will also include a discussion of other types of attacks that can be
used to glean secrets if one has physical access to the hardware.

Shankar Viswanathan is a chip architect at AMD and currently works on
the performance architecture for AMD semi-custom APUs. He has worked on
the design and verification of several generations of AMD processors,
most recently on the APUs used in the various XBox One and PS4 variants.
He also spent a year at a software startup developing a thin hypervisor
for run-time malware detection.

Note: Shankar is a long time BLU member who frequently attends our

For further information and directions please consult the BLU Web site

Next Installfest is on Saturday February 10, 2018 starting at 10:00 AM
at Morse institute Library in Natick:

MIT lots require permits after hours.
All Cambridge parking meters use Passport by Phone:
This is active on all Cambridge metered parking spaces. Meters are free
after 8PM

For further information and directions please consult the BLU Web site

Jerry Feldman <gaf@blu.org>
Boston Linux and Unix
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