Chrome 28 with new Blink engine and Rich Notifications

Cross-posted from H-Online: Google has released the stable version 28 of its Chrome browser. It is the first version to use the new Blink engine for rendering web pages and it appears that the new engine will allow web pages to be loaded about ten per cent faster. The developers say that the increased speed is also thanks to the new threaded HTML parser, which frees up the JavaScript thread, allowing DOM content to be displayed faster....

July 10, 2013 路 2 min 路 384 words

Opera Switches to WebKit and Chromium

After many years of dealing with site compatibility issues, Opera found the solution: it will switch from its proprietary rendering engine (Presto) to WebKit and will be powered by Chrome鈥檚 open source version, Chromium. 鈥淧resto is a great little engine. It鈥檚 small, fast, flexible and standards compliant while at the same time handling real-world web sites. It has allowed us to port Opera to just about any platform you can imagine....

February 13, 2013 路 3 min 路 563 words

Google updates all Chrome editions

h-online: Google has updated the Stable, Beta and Developer Channels of the desktop version of its Chrome browser with a number of bug fixes and improvements. The Stable Channel update closes seven security vulnerabilities, three of them rated High, and includes bug fixes. New stable Chrome versions for iOS and Android have also been released and include minor improvements. The iOS version of the browser now supports Apple鈥檚 Passbook application....

November 29, 2012 路 2 min 路 416 words

Chrome 21 arrives with new API for video and audio communication

h-online: With the release of Chrome 21, web applications can now directly access the local system鈥檚 built-in camera and microphone. Instead of requiring a special plugin, the major stable update to the WebKit-based web browser includes a new HTML5 <a href="http://www.html5rocks.com/en/tutorials/getusermedia/intro/">getUserMedia</a> API 鈥 currently a W3C Editor鈥檚 Draft 鈥 to provide web apps with access to the camera and microphone. For security purposes, users will be prompted to grant apps permission to access the hardware....

August 2, 2012 路 2 min 路 378 words

Chrome 20 update fixes high-risk security vulnerabilities

Google has published a new update to the stable 20.x branch of Chrome to close a number of security holes in the WebKit-based web browser. Version 20.0.1132.57 of Chrome addresses a total of three vulnerabilities, all of which are rated as 鈥渉igh severity鈥 by the company. These include two use-after-free errors in counter handling and in layout height tracking that were discovered by a security researcher by the name of 鈥渕iaubiz鈥....

July 13, 2012 路 2 min 路 264 words

Chrome 20 closes 23 security holes

Google has closed a total of 23 vulnerabilities with the release of Chrome 20. Of those vulnerabilities, 14 are rated critical, enabling attackers to execute code in the browser鈥檚 sandbox, among other things. Integer overflow vulnerabilities in the code for processing PDF files and Matroska containers (.mkv) have also been fixed. Chrome 20 also includes the latest version of Adobe鈥檚 Flash Player on Linux, using the new cross-platform Pepper API. In testing at The H, it was confirmed that the Flash Player support also works on 64-bit Linux systems....

June 27, 2012 路 1 min 路 203 words

Google releases security update for Chrome 19

H-Online: Google has announced an update to the stable version of Chrome, which brings the browser version to 19.0.1084.52 on Windows, Mac OS X and Linux. The update is a pure security update that does not include any new features 鈥 it closes nine vulnerabilities with a Common Vulnerability Scoring System (CVSS) rating of 鈥淗igh鈥 and fixes two problems labelled 鈥淐ritical鈥 as well as two 鈥淢edium鈥 level issues. Many of the vulnerabilities are due to bugs in Chrome鈥檚 memory handling, such as out-of-bounds reads and use-after-free conditions, and Google points out that several of them were detected with their AddressSanitizer tool....

May 25, 2012 路 2 min 路 219 words

Chrome 19 released with tab syncing

The H-Online: Google has announced that Chrome 19 is the new stable version of its open source based web browser. As usual, the browser sees a number of security fixes: this time there are seven high-severity fixes specifically for Chrome including various use-after-free and out-of-bounds errors. Two fixes with a wider impact than Chrome are also mentioned 鈥 a workaround for a Linux NVIDIA driver bug and an 鈥渙ff-by-one out-of-bounds鈥 write in libxml....

May 17, 2012 路 3 min 路 445 words

Chrome 18 update closes high-risk security holes

The H-Online: Google has released a new update to the stable 18.x branch of its Chrome web browser to close a number of security holes found in the application. The update, labelled 18.0.1025.168, addresses a total of five vulnerabilities, three of which are rated as 鈥渉igh severity鈥 by the company. These include use-after-free problems in floating point handling and the XML parser; all of these bugs were detected using the AddressSanitizer....

May 1, 2012 路 1 min 路 173 words

Google Chrome fixes seven high-risk vulnerabilities

The H-Online: Google has announced updates to the Stable and Beta channels of their Chrome browser, fixing several bugs and twelve security vulnerabilities. Seven of the twelve security fixes were classed as high-risk problems and Google paid a total of $6000 to the researchers who discovered the bugs. The update also includes a new version of the bundled Flash Player. Adobe have revised the Flash Player advisory from the end of March to include fixes for a Chrome/Flash only pair of memory corruption issues listed as CVE-2012-0724 and CVE-2012-0725....

April 6, 2012 路 2 min 路 254 words