compilation – Why do 64-bit versions of programs have better performance, stability and security?


Recently, Google announced that the Dev version of Chrome is also available in 64-bit. It will likely be available for stable versions in the future as well.

What caught my attention is that Google said that the 64-bit version is 25% faster , that the failure rate has decreased by half and that it is also more secure than the 32-bit version.

These are very expressive numbers! But why does the simple fact of compiling in 64-bit bring all these benefits?




With a 64-bit system it is possible to use ASLR which roughly protects against stack overflow (or buffer overflow) attacks. Thus preventing the cracker from jumping from an exploid to a direct function (IAT Hook or other hook types like Detours can also be avoided with this). It facilitates the use of polymorphism that is used a lot by malware but can also be used by common programs to not have a constant "signature" on their functions, and this is very useful, as most hooks use a memory scan to find patterns, thus finding the address of a function for example.


64-bit programs have faster access to the registry (because it is a different registry than 32-bit). More information

In addition to the advantages listed above, even today debugges (such as OllyODBG and IDA) have difficulty reading on 64-bit systems, this is not what will make the system more secure, but this already prevents 80% of "common" crackers from doing anything .

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