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The success of this approach to corrupting memory depends upon knowing the geometry of the memory chip. Naive calculations of which addresses correspond to an adjacent row may be incorrect.

It's interesting to see this issue addressed in 2015. In 1980 I worked at Alpha Microsystems and designed a memory chip test program which used translation tables based upon information we required chip manufacturers to give us in order for their chips to be used in the systems we sold.

That approach required us to only put one type of memory chip on a memory board. But back in the day microsytems were expensive and customers expected them to be well-tested.




My family thanks you and your colleagues.

Back in mid-1979, just before I went to college, I looked at the current alternatives and picked Alpha Micro as the company to go with for a system to computerize a bunch of doctor's offices. It worked very well, and then another one a few years later when they used one to help systematize a company providing satellite TV gear.


Actually, triggering rowhammer-induced bit flips does not require knowing the memory geometry. It is possible to trigger bit flips just by picking random pairs of addresses to hammer. See the README file at https://github.com/mseaborn/rowhammer-test.




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