Hey Everybody! Hard to believe we’ve done 26 of these already. Hope you’re having as much fun watching/listening to these as we are having while making them!
First and most importantly this week we HAD to cover Rowhammer. For those of you who haven’t heard, the latest research to come from some smart folks over at Google is pretty scary. This creative attack has to do with circuits in memory being lined up in specific rows (hence “Rowhammer”). By sending different signals to these circuits, these researchers were able to predictably flip certain adjacent bits which would allow for privilege escalation. Robert goes into way more detail so listen up if you’re interested!
Next, I touched a bit on the recent uTorrent debacle. For those of you who use the popular torrent software, beware of the latest update! It comes with a bit of a surprise piece of software. Where I come from, we call that a trojan. Anyway, this time they included a Bitcoin miner called Epic Scale. This of course would cause your performance on your machine to suffer, along with your electric bill. All the while making uTorrent some cash. Not trivial to uninstall this whole mess either, so needless to say, people are pissed.
We didn’t feel like squeezing FREAK into a HackerKast with other stories, so we’ll give it the time it deserves soon. (I know there is some AppSec junkie somewhere out there wondering why we left it out!)
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