Google claims to have a Spectre fix that doesn’t slow down PCs

    Google claims to have a Spectre fix that doesn’t slow down PCs

    Google claims to have a Spectre fix that doesn’t slow down PCs


    Posted: 13 Jan 2018

    But according to Google, it is still possible to have the best of both worlds. Google’s own fix for Variant 2 of the Spectre CPU attacks, considered to be the hardest to patch without impacting performance, uses software patches, rather than disabling the affected CPU features. According to Google, the patch has a “negligible” impact on performance, especially compared to the Microsoft and Intel patches, which have been confirmed to slow down some systems.
    Google claims to have a Spectre fix that doesn BGR
    PaulGo's Avatar Posted By: PaulGo
    13 Jan 2018


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    That's good news from Google - but presumably their patch only provides protection when browsing in Chrome and not against other Spectre attack vectors.
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    Maybe they should share it with Intel and other browsers?
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    In the article they do say "In sharing our research publicly, we hope that this can be universally deployed to improve the cloud experience industry-wide.” So I assume it will be available as a fix to Microsoft and CPU makers.
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    Interesting article:

    Keeping Spectre secret

    How an industry-breaking bug stayed secret for seven months — and then leaked out

    How the industry-breaking Spectre bug stayed secret for seven months - The Verge
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    PaulGo said:
    Interesting article:

    Keeping Spectre secret

    How an industry-breaking bug stayed secret for seven months — and then leaked out

    How the industry-breaking Spectre bug stayed secret for seven months - The Verge
    We might find out one day for how long the intelligence agencies have been aware of these vulnerabilities and been exploiting them. A cynic might argue the agencies were complicit in designing in the vulnerabilities.
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    Google: Our brilliant Spectre fix dodges performance hit, so you should all use it

    Google wants the whole industry to adopt its Retpoline fixes for Variant 2 of the Meltdown-Spectre bugs.



    Google: Our brilliant Spectre fix dodges performance hit, so you should all use it | ZDNet
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