Chrome's predilection for gobbling up vast amounts of RAM will soon increase to new levels but it is for a very good reason. Chrome 67 will offer a Site Isolation feature which will protect you against a variety of Spectre attacks. When you have this feature enabled in Chrome each site would be isolated, with the a single renderer process per page. This means coss-site iframes and pop-ups will be unable to read data from other pages; in fact a single site may spawn multiple render processes, each running in isolation.
There is of course a cost, The Inquirer was quoted an increase of 10-13% in RAM usage … so better get a 128GB kit.
"The new feature basically splits the render process into separate tasks using out-of-process iframes, which makes it difficult for speculative execution exploits like Spectre to snoop on data."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- New Spectre 1.1 and Spectre 1.2 CPU Flaws Disclosed @ Slashdot
- Intel's new Xeon E chips take aim at entry-level workstations @ The Inquirer
- Microsoft is Updating Windows Notepad Application For the First Time in Years @ Slashdot
- NAND the beat goes on: Samsung to fling out 96-layer 3D NAND chip @ The Register
- You Can Now Buy a Practical Gauss Gun @ Hackaday