Caner Tol



I am a Ph.D. candidate at Vernam Lab, WPI, advised by Berk Sunar.

My current research interests are

  • Microarchitectural (ÎĽarch) security
  • Side-channel and Fault Injection attacks
  • Attacks on ML models and other critical software
  • Automated detection and patching of ÎĽarch vulnerabilities using AI

Outside of work, I do Aikido, scuba diving, sailing, tango…


Mar 25, 2024 LeapFrog attack has been accepted to USA 2024 under the new research category!
Mar 25, 2024 ZeroLeak will appear in Real World Crypto 2024, Toronto, Canada!
Nov 16, 2023 Our Mayhem attack has been accepted to ACM AsiaCCS 2024, Singapore!
Sep 25, 2023 We have issued CVE-2023-42465 for the SUDO library for our Mayhem attack. A series of commits were pushed as countermeasures.
Apr 23, 2023 I’ve been selected to receive a student travel grant for IEEE S&P 2023.

selected publications

  1. Fault+Probe: A Generic Rowhammer-based Bit Recovery Attack
    Kemal Derya, M. Caner Tol, and Berk Sunar
  2. LeapFrog: The Rowhammer Instruction Skip Attack
    Andrew J. Adiletta, M. Caner Tol, and Berk Sunar
  3. ZeroLeak: Using LLMs for Scalable and Cost Effective Side-Channel Patching
    M. Caner Tol, and Berk Sunar
  4. Don’t Knock! Rowhammer at the Backdoor of DNN Models
    M. Caner Tol, Saad Islam, Andrew J. Adiletta, Berk Sunar, and Ziming Zhang
    In Proceedings of the 2023 IEEE/IFIP International Conference on Dependable Systems and Networks (DSN) 2022