IBM researchers: Rowhammer-like attack on flash memory can provide root privileges to attacker


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Originally published at: http://www.myce.com/news/ibm-researchers-rowhammer-like-attack-ssds-can-provide-root-privileges-attacker-82386/

The way NAND flash memory used in Solid State Disks (SSDs) works, makes it possible for an attacker with write access to get root privileges on a system, researchers from IBM demonstrated during the WOOT '17 conference currently held in Vancouver. The method they’ve demonstrated works similar to that of the ‘Rowhammer’ DRAM attack.