Application security, Network Security, Threat Management

Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge getting Intel security feature

Intel announced that it will soon introduce its hardware-based Control-flow Enforcement Technology security feature, first unveiled in 2016 and added to the company's 11th-generation CPUs, to Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome, Opera and other Chromium-based browsers, Bleeping Computer reports. Intel CET acts as a safeguard against Return Oriented Programming and Jump Oriented Programming types of attacks by triggering exceptions as soon as ROP and JOP attacks initiate their attempts to modify the normal flow of applications. The feature is supported on Windows 10 through a process called Hardware-enforced Stack Protection. Users running Windows 10 computers with either Intel 11th generation or AMD Zen 3 Ryzen CPUs, which have Intel CET supported, may verify that the security feature is supported in certain applications through Task Manager by filtering for Hardware-enforced Stack Protection. Plans to integrate the feature into Mozilla’s Firefox browser was previously revealed but there has been no status update so far.
Jill Aitoro

Jill Aitoro leads editorial for SC Media, and content strategy for parent company CyberRisk Alliance. She 20 years of experience editing and reporting on technology, business and policy.

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