Second DRAMSec Workshop
(DRAMSec 2022)

DRAM is the most prevalent memory technology used in laptops, mobile phones, workstations and servers. As such, its security is paramount, yet DRAM attacks remain as viable as ever despite many attempts to resolve its security problems: as an example, recent work has shown that modern DRAM remains vulnerable to Rowhammer, and in fact, newer chips are even more vulnerable than older ones. DRAM is also plagued by additional forms of attack including side-channel, Denial-of-Service (DoS) and cold-boot attacks.

DRAM security defenses are now at an impasse: the research community’s proposals do not take the practical constraints of DRAM devices into consideration while the industry is adopting obscure and ineffective remedies. There are huge ongoing efforts in industry to design safer and more reliable DRAM. Unfortunately, most of these efforts receive little input from the academic community. The goal of this workshop is to bridge these communities and to seek contributions from both academia and industry on the broad topic of DRAM security.

Registration and workshop program

DRAMSec will be virtual, please register here (there is a remote-only registration option available). You will receive the necessary information, including an online link for joining, close to the workshop date.

Here is the workshop schedule on June 18th and 19th depending on the timezone:

Time CEST (18th) Time EDT (18th) Time KST (19th) Topic
22:00 - 22:05 4:00 - 4:05 pm 5:00 - 5:05 am Welcome by chairs
22:05 - 23:05 4:05 - 5:05 pm 5:05 - 6:05 am Paper presentations
23:10 - 00:05 5:10 - 6:05 pm 6:10 - 7:05 am Keynote
00:10 - 01:00 6:10 - 7:00 pm 7:10 - 8:00 am Panel

Workshop papers

Laser Tag: Flipping Bits in DRAM using Laser Induced Localized Heating
Saurav Mathur, Nirmit Jallawar, and Swamit Tannu
Paper, Slides, Video

Golmaal: Thanks to the Secure TimeCache for a Faster DRAM Covert Channel
Ajaykumar Shyamsundar Kushwaha, Ajay Sarup Jain, Mahendra Patel, and Biswabandan Panda
Paper, Slides, Video

How to Configure Row-Sampling-Based Rowhammer Defenses
Stefan Saroiu and Alec Wolman
Paper, Slides, Video


Academia v Industry: The Bright Future of Rowhammer Research

Victor van der Veen, Qualcomm

More information about the keynote can be found here.

You can watch the keynote here.


Rowhammer bit flips in the 2030s?

Tanj Bennett, Avant-Gray LLC

Daniel Gruss, Graz University of Technology

Moinuddin K. Qureshi, Georgia Tech

Victor van der Veen, Qualcomm

More information about the panelists can be found here.

You can watch the panel here.

Workshop chairs

Program committee


Based on the Researcher theme