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Category:   Device (Storage)  >   Dynamic random-access memory (DRAM) (Generic) Vendors:   [Multiple Authors/Vendors]
DRAM "Rowhammer" Memory Bit Flipping Flaw Lets Local Users Gain Elevated Privileges
SecurityTracker Alert ID:  1031863
SecurityTracker URL:  http://securitytracker.com/id/1031863
CVE Reference:   GENERIC-MAP-NOMATCH   (Links to External Site)
Date:  Mar 10 2015
Impact:   Root access via local system, User access via local system
Exploit Included:  Yes  

Description:   A vulnerability was reported in some dynamic random-access memory (DRAM) devices. A local user can obtain elevated privileges on the target system.

A local user can run a program that repeatedly accesses a row of memory to cause bits in adjacent rows to flip. This can be exploited to execute arbitrary code on the target system with kernel-level privileges.

Double data rate type 3 (DDR3) DRAM components from multiple vendors are affected.

[Editor's note: No publicly available list of affected vendor products was available at the time of this entry.]

This vulnerability is known as the DRAM "Rowhammer" vulnerability.

The original advisory, including demonstration exploit code, is available at:

http://googleprojectzero.blogspot.com/2015/03/exploiting-dram-rowhammer-bug-to-gain.html

Mark Seaborn and Thomas Dullien reported this vulnerability via Google Project Zero.

Impact:   A local user can obtain kernel level privileges on the target system.
Solution:   No solution was available at the time of this entry.
Cause:   State error

Message History:   This archive entry has one or more follow-up message(s) listed below.
Aug 11 2015 (Lenovo Issues Fix for Lenovo PCs) DRAM "Rowhammer" Memory Bit Flipping Flaw Lets Local Users Gain Elevated Privileges
Lenovo has issued a fix for Lenovo PCs.



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