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 '23 will be a virtual conference that you can join remotely. You can register for the ISCA conference and co-located workshops online. For virtual conference registration (US$20.00 + US$100.00), click the "Register Now on Cvent!" button, scroll down, click on Non-Member Registration, and fill out the (many) questions. When asked for what FCRC conference to attend, select "FCRC + Virtual Full Conference" (US$20.00). Then, on the next page, you can select "ISCA Conference (Virtual)" (US$100.00 USD). This registration will give you access not only to DRAMSec, but all of ISCA and co-located workhops. Please write an e-mail to Jung Ho Ahn asking for the Zoom link after registration if you are unfamiliar with Whova.

Here is the workshop schedule on June 17th and 18th depending on the timezone:

Time CEST (17th) Time EDT (17th) Time KST (18th) Topic
22:30 - 22:35 4:30 - 4:35 pm 5:30 - 5:35 am Welcome by chairs
22:35 - 23:35 4:35 - 5:35 pm 5:35 - 6:35 am Paper presentations
23:40 - 00:35 5:40 - 6:35 pm 6:40 - 7:35 am Keynote
00:40 - 01:30 6:40 - 7:30 pm 7:40 - 8:30 am Panel

Workshop papers

BLASTER: Characterizing the Blast Radius of Rowhammer
Zhenrong Lang, Patrick Jattke, Michele Marazzi, Kaveh Razavi
Paper, Video

Hammulator: Simulate Now - Exploit Later
Fabian Thomas, Lukas Gerlach, Michael Schwarz
Paper, Video

Reverse-Engineering Bank Addressing Functions on AMD CPUs
Martin Heckel, Florian Adamsky
Paper, Video

DramaQueen: Revisiting Side Channels in DRAM
Victor van der Veen, Ben Gras
Paper, Video


Will Rowhammer Ever Be in the Rear View?

David Blankenbeckler, Intel

More information about the keynote can be found here.

You can watch the keynote here.


Security Challenges in Future Memory Technologies and Confidential Compute

David Blankenbeckler, Intel

Dong-Kyun Kim, SK Hynix

Taek Woon Kim, Samsung Electronics

Onur Mutlu, ETH Zürich

Stefan Saroiu, Microsoft

More information about the panelists can be found here.

You can watch the panel here.

Workshop chairs

Program committee


Based on the Researcher theme