New Chrome update will reduce performance, Google admits 

Google has patched the Spectre CPU vulnerabilities in its Chrome browser but they have resulted in Chrome using more RAM than before. Google has confirmed in a blog post that a feature that protects users against Spectre side-channel attacks results in increased RAM usage. The feature offers protection against attacks that use the speculative execution features of most processors in order to get access to parts of the memory which aren’t meant to be accessed. Google’s new Site Isolation feature has been detailed for its latest Chrome 67 release. The feature is enabled by default so Chrome users will notice the RAM usage increase only once they have downloaded the latest version of the browser.“There is about a 10-13 percent total memory overhead in real workloads due to the larger number of processes,” explained Google software engineer Charlie Reis who added that Google has to render more processes with Site Isolation which is not possible to achieve without sacrificing some performance.

New Chrome update will reduce performance, Google admits 

Google announced the new 'site isolation' feature, which has been enabled for 99 per cent of its global users on Windows, Mac, Linux, and Chrome OS. via its security blog.

Tue 17 Jul 18 from Daily Mail

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Thu 12 Jul 18 from Arstechnica

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Thu 12 Jul 18 from Engadget

Chrome RAM Usage Has Increased Because Of Spectre Fixes

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Thu 12 Jul 18 from Ubergizmo

Chrome now uses more RAM because of Spectre security fixes

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Thu 12 Jul 18 from The Verge

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Too bad it means Chrome needs even more memory.

Wed 11 Jul 18 from CNET

Google Chrome adds new Spectre fix, but uses more RAM in return

Google has enabled Site Isolation technology to guard against Spectre vulnerabilities, making the browser memory-hungry.

Thu 12 Jul 18 from Techradar

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