But what IS rowhammer?
Unlike other exploits, rowhammer is a physical compromise. It uses an electrical vulnerability in densely packed DRAM chips to cause neighboring bits to flip. An attacker and change bits in your machine without directly accessing them. Wikipedia’s article on rowhammer does an excellent job of explaining it in a way that average computer users – like us – can get an idea of how it works. You can read that article here.
Why rowhammer has become a very big deal
Is there any hope?
Rowhammer is a vulnerability that is worth staying informed on.
For further reading on rowhammer, check out the following:
Project Zero’s write up