Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 12th Jul 2018 21:51 UTC

Google's Chrome browser is undergoing a major architectural change to enable a protection designed to blunt the threat of attacks related to the Spectre vulnerability in computer processors. If left unchecked by browsers or operating systems, such attacks may allow hackers to pluck passwords or other sensitive data out of computer memory when targets visit malicious sites.

Site isolation, as the mitigation is known, segregates code and data from each Internet domain into their own "renderer processes," which are individual browser tasks that aren't allowed to interact with each other. As a result, a page located at that embeds ads from will load content into two separate renderer processes, one for each domain. The protection, however, comes at a cost. It consumes an additional 10 to 13 percent of total memory. Some of the performance hit can be offset by smaller and shorter-lived renderer processes. Site isolation will also allow Chrome to re-enable more precise timers, which Google and most other browser makers disabled earlier this year to decrease chances of successful attacks.

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Chrome uses enough memory as it is!
by Anon on Fri 13th Jul 2018 08:36 UTC
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Open about 15 tabs of your typical JavaScript bloated modern website and you will quickly be using many gigabytes of memory due to each tab being it's own process.

Now it's another 20% thanks to broken CPU architecture! Hilarious

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