Seems like my last post was psychic.
I had written about how I thought it was time for Microsoft to go 64 bit only with the next version of Windows – Windows 8.
Well, I am a big fan of the site Arstechnica and the other day while surfing, here’s what I read..
Furthermore, techniques such as Address Space Layout Randomization (ASLR), a security technique which involves randomly arranging the positions of key data areas in memory to thwart hacking, can currently be defeated on 32-bit browsers through techniques such as heap-spraying, which some exploits use to execute arbitrary code. Malicious programs can thus fill the program’s address space with malicious code so that even if a random memory address is chosen, there is still an excellent chance that the exploit code is executed. Heap-spraying and other malware methods aren’t as viable with a large, 64-bit memory space.
Making 64-bit the default
Along with Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2 hit RTM on July 22, 2009. This is the first 64-bit only Windows server operating system, and many are expecting Windows 8, which is currently slated for 2012, to be the first 64-bit only Windows client OS.
Seems great minds think alike huh?
Windows 8 needs to be exclusively 64 bit…no doubt about it…