New paper: Does malware based on Spectre exist?

Posted by   Martijn Grooten on   Jul 16, 2018

The discovery of the Spectre and Meltdown attacks in January cast a long shadow over the year, with many of the issued security patches having their own problems and several new variants of the two attacks having been discovered.

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Yet many questions about the attacks remain unanswered. In a presentation at the inaugural Pass the Salt conference earlier this month, Fortinet researcher Axelle Apvrille tried to answer two of these questions:

  1. Are Android phones vulnerable to Spectre-based attacks? 
  2. How can we detect malware that uses Spectre, and does any exist?

Axelle has written a paper for VB based on her presentation, which we are pleased to publish today, both in HTML and PDF format.

Axelle's focus on Android isn't surprising: she is one of the world's leading researchers when it comes to mobile malware in general, and Android in particular – and for that reason we are excited that she will deliver a short workshop on Android reverse engineering at VB2018 in Montreal this October.

Axelle's workshop is just one of many great reasons to come to VB2018. Check out the speaker page for details of other leading experts presenting at the event, and check out the programme for full details of what else is on the agenda - book your ticket now for what promises to be a memorable event!

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