Google offers Retpoline fix to Intel Spectre Processor flaw!

Web Search Giant Google has announced to the world yesterday that it has developed a fix for the second variant of Spectre flaw found in Intel Processors. The internet juggernaut further claims that its fix will never affect the performance of the silicon chips when implemented.

In December last year, Intel and its technology partners were left scrambling to deploy security updates to all those devices running on the silicon wafers suffering from Meltdown and Spectre flaws.

But many device users reported that the devices suffering from Spectre flaw were witnessing side effects such as slow down of CPU performance as soon as the security patch was implemented.

Google has outlined this vulnerability by addressing with a new fix called Retpoline developed by its company engineers. The Alphabet’s subsidiary claims that its fix will acknowledge the key issue of ‘Branch Target Injection’ seen in the second variant of Spectre CPU Attacks which are practically impossible to patch.

Retpoline is nothing but software based binary modification technique which prevents attackers from influencing the silicon wafers. It is applied to protect sensitive binaries such as OSes or Hypervisor implementations in Cloud Environments.

Google Vice President Ben Treynor Sloss announced the security update to the world via an official blog post on Friday last week and endorsed the fact that the fix will show the almost negligible impact on the performance of the applications and data side effects in the Google Cloud.

Google has already rolled out this feature across its data center infrastructure and is offering the update as an open-source to help others suffering from the flaw- mainly its business peers offering cloud environments.

Naveen Goud
Naveen Goud is a writer at Cybersecurity Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security

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