Speculative Buffer Overflows: Attacks and Defenses

@article{Kiriansky2018SpeculativeBO,
  title={Speculative Buffer Overflows: Attacks and Defenses},
  author={Vladimir Kiriansky and Carl Waldspurger},
  journal={CoRR},
  year={2018},
  volume={abs/1807.03757}
}
Practical attacks that exploit speculative execution can leak confidential information via microarchitectural side channels. The recently-demonstrated Spectre attacks leverage speculative loads which circumvent access checks to read memory-resident secrets, transmitting them to an attacker using cache timing or other covert communication channels. We introduce Spectre1.1, a new Spectre-v1 variant that leverages speculative stores to create speculative buffer overflows. Much like classic buffer… CONTINUE READING

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