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Re: cold boot attacks on cgd?

> Even if [a BIOS scrub-on-boot bit] is set, there's no defense against
> someone chilling the RAM, removing it from your machine, and putting
> it into their own.

An attacker who can chill your RAM while it's powered up (or within
moments of power-down) can just clip a leech onto it and read stuff
straight off the pins without needing to power it down at all; the only
way chilling it makes it any easier is that the hardware required is
less sophisticated.

Memory and system design could help defeat this by providing a "power
is going away" signal at least one full refresh cycle before power
really does go away (AIUI most power supplies are, or easily could be
made, capable of this); that last refresh cycle could scrub instead of
refresh.  Then make the case very difficult ("impossible") to open
without pulling power.  (This won't help against the constant-data
memory effect attack, but there are other ways to address that.)

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