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Google Chrome Stable Security And Feature Update

The Google chrome development team has released Chrome Stable 10.0.648.127 for the supported operating systems Microsoft Windows, Linux and Apple Macintosh.

The new version fixes several, or shall we say many, security issues. The release notes list a total of 25 different security related issues that have been fixed in Google Chrome Stable.

15 of the listed security issues have been rated with a severity rating of high. The security fixes come just one day before the annual Pwn2Own competition where security experts from all over the world try to compromise web browsers, software and devices.

The release is not only security related though. Google has packed many new features in the stable version of the web browser that have previously been only available in beta, dev and canary releases of the web browser.

The core additions under the hood are an improved version of the V8 JavaScript engine that improves the script processing in Google Chrome Stable by up to 66% according to Google, security improvements like the automatic disabling of outdated plugins and the Adobe Flash Player Sandbox on Windows. Tim Steele over at the Chrome blog mentions that Flash sandboxing is only available if you are using Windows vista or newer versions of the Windows operating system.

The Chrome developers have improved other areas of the web browser as well. Password Sync has for instance been enabled by default as part of Chrome Sync. Users find the option by clicking on Tools > Options and selecting Personal Stuff > Sync from the options menu. They can alternatively enter sync in the search box on the left to find the synchronization settings this way.

password sync

This leads directly to the next change; The chrome settings have been moved to the tabs. It is basically a new settings interface that opens in a tab instead of a window. Google has created and published a video back in February that introduces the change.

A tabbed settings page has the added advantage that users can bookmark pages to access them even faster.

On top of all that, GPU Accelerated Video has been made available in the web browser. Users can configure the setting by typing about:flags in the Chrome address bar, hitting enter and enabling or disabling GPU Accelerated Canvas 2D on the options page.

Most Chrome users make use of the automatic update feature of the web browser. Those who do not can download the latest stable release from Google.

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Comments

  1. C11 said on March 8, 2011 at 9:05 pm
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    Chrome 10.0 is outdated and obsolete. Chrome 11.0.697.0 is much much faster..

  2. Mushaf said on March 8, 2011 at 9:08 pm
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    I hate the new tabbed settings page. Is there any workaround to get back to the old settings window? A command line parameter maybe?

  3. kyle said on March 9, 2011 at 4:48 am
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    Hmmmm i thought they’ll gonna disable the address bar and put it in the tabs for more viewing area…

  4. balita said on March 9, 2011 at 3:27 pm
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    More than speed which can be remedied with a faster Internet connection, security comes on top of all reasons for choosing a browser. Everything is meaningless if your browser is not secure. Thank you Google Chrome.

  5. ilev said on March 10, 2011 at 9:30 pm
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    Chrome 10 is the only browser to remain standing 3th year in a row at pwn2own.

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