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NVIDIA blames Apple for breaking Chrome's privacy mode

Posted on Wednesday, January 13 2016 @ 14:17:33 CET by

Earlier this week there was news about an old NVIDIA driver bug breaking Chrome's privacy mode. A bug prevents the GPU memory from getting flushed, allowing the retrieval of contents viewed in Google Chrome's incognito mode.

Blame was placed on NVIDIA and Google for not fixing the issue, but now it turns out that another party may be to blame. The Inquirer got in touch with NVIDIA and got to hear that the issue only occurs on computers with Apple's Mac OS X, and that it's a bug in Apple's memory management:
After earlier acknowledging the problem, Nvidia has seemingly realised that it's not at fault, and told The INQUIRER in a statement that the problem in fact lies in Apple's Mac OS X software.

In a statement sent to The INQUIRER, a Nvidia spokesperson said: "This issue is related to memory management in the Apple OS, not NVIDIA graphics drivers.

"The NVIDIA driver adheres to policies set by the operating system and our driver is working as expected.

"We have not seen this issue on Windows, where all application-specific data is cleared before memory is released to other applications."



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