Stanford EE Computer Systems Colloquium

4:30 PM, Wednesday, Jan 31, 2018
NEC Auditorium, Gates Computer Science Building Room B3

Exploiting modern microarchitectures: Meltdown, Spectre, and other hardware attacks

Jon Masters
Red Hat
About the talk:

Recently disclosed vulnerabilities against modern high performance computer microarchitectures known as 'Meltdown' and 'Spectre' are among an emerging wave of hardware focused attacks. These include cache side channel exploits against underlying shared resources, which arise as a result of common industry-wide performance optimizations. More broadly, attacks against hardware are entering a new phase of sophistication that will see more in the months ahead. This talk will describe several of these attacks, how they can be mitigated, and generally what we can do as an industry to bring performance without trading security

About the speaker:

[speaker photo] Jon Masters is a Computer Architect at Red Hat, where he was tech lead for mitigation efforts against Meltdown and Spectre. Jon has worked closely with high performance microprocessor design teams for years on emerging alternative server platforms, and also currently leads the CCIX software working group helping to define high performance cache coherent interconnects for workload acceleration. Jon has been a Linux developer for 22 years, since beginning college at the age of 13, and has authored a number of books on Linux technology. He lives in Cambridge, MA, and will run his 11th marathon later this spring.

Contact information:

email: Jon Masters