Team Gruss

Our team is interested in the security of systems from a low-level perspective. We developed many of the state-of-the-art techniques, attacks, and defenses in this area. We demonstrated the first Rowhammer attack from JavaScript running in a browser. We discovered and analyzed Meltdown and Spectre. From this the new research direction of transient execution attacks emerged, leading to more discoveries in this area, including the recent ZombieLoad attack. We developed the KAISER patch to make operating systems more resilient to attacks. This defense is now part of every operating system.