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Chrome Bug Upgrades

Google Patches 30 Chrome Bugs, Adds Instant Pages 103

JohnBert writes "Google patched 30 vulnerabilities in Chrome, paying out the third-highest bounty total ever for the bugs that outsiders filed with its security team. The company packaged the patches with an update to Chrome 13, adding Instant Pages to the 'stable' channel of the browser. The feature, which Google earlier tucked into Chrome 13 previews, proactively pre-loads some search results to speed up browsing. Google last upgraded Chrome's stable build in early June. Like Mozilla, which this year shifted to a rapid-release schedule, Google produces an update about every six-to-eight weeks. Fourteen of the 30 vulnerabilities patched were rated 'high,' the second-most-serious ranking in Google's four-step scoring system, while nine were pegged 'medium' and the remaining seven were labeled 'low.'"
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Google Patches 30 Chrome Bugs, Adds Instant Pages

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  • Instant Pages? (Score:4, Insightful)

    by OverlordQ ( 264228 ) on Wednesday August 03, 2011 @11:53AM (#36973596) Journal

    I thought this was called link prefetching.

  • Re:Instant Pages? (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday August 03, 2011 @12:07PM (#36973766)

    I seem to recall an antivirus software (AVG I think) doing something similar (prefetching and scanning for viruses on search results) and it caused havoc for webmasters.

  • Caps? (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday August 03, 2011 @12:08PM (#36973784)

    Won't this help you burn through your usage caps in the background?

  • by MadCow42 ( 243108 ) on Wednesday August 03, 2011 @12:34PM (#36974080) Homepage

    For most users the intuition of "don't click on that link" is the last layer of security between the wild west of the Internet and your computer. Prefetching breaks that barrier, and potentially exposes you to any malware writer that's capable enough and determined enough to get their infected (or pwnd) website into the top search results.

    Sorry... although Chrome is decent and maybe more secure than other browsers, until they can promise PERFECT security I don't want to take that chance.

    That'll never happen.

    If I can survive this far on my company-mandated, outdated IE browser without getting pwnd myself (yet), I think that last layer of security may be the most important one of all.

  • Re:Instant Pages? (Score:5, Insightful)

    by HarrySquatter ( 1698416 ) on Wednesday August 03, 2011 @12:50PM (#36974232)

    Chrome 13 goes a step farther, actually prerendering the page in the background if requested (including running Javascript).

    Better hope that it's not a malware page or something trying to use an XSS exploit. Be exploited before you even clicked the link! Brilliant!

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