Pietro won the Qualcomm Innovation Fellowship. The QIF program is focused on recognizing, rewarding, and mentoring innovative PhD students across a broad range of technical research areas .
Rowhammer, the DRAM vulnerability that was supposedly fixed in DDR4 is not fixed in DDR4. The TRRespass attack shows that DIMMs from all 3 major vendors (good for 95% of the market) are still vulnerable. The news appeared in different international media (see the writeup on NakedSecurity) and in the Netherlands in de Volkskrant. There was a short interview on Radio 1 (22:51 h).
Recently graduated Harry King just won the (university-wide) best bachelor thesis award for his thesis on “Development Tools &
Techniques for a More Robust Operating System”. For his thesis project he built an operating system kernel from scratch in Ada. The implementation in Ada allowed him to formally verify the OS components.
When the dust settled, “RIDL: Rogue In-Flight Data Load”, the
paper that was published at Security & Privacy in May and that shows a new class of speculative execution attacks that can leak any “in-flight” data from Intel CPUs won the second place
prize for Best Applied Research at CSAW ’19.
See also: “Much Ado about RIDL“.
The RIDL saga that started in September 2018 lingers on. A new embargo and a new set of insufficient patches, and it isn’t over yet. Excellent coverage by Kim Zetter in the New York Times.
In addition there were many other outlets covering this: