Google published a schedule for blocking third-party code injections in the company's Chrome web browser yesterday.
Code injections by third-party software affect about two-thirds of all Chrome users on Windows operating system devices so Chris Hamilton, a member of Chrome's Stability Team. Chrome installations with code injections are 15% more likely to crash according to Google's statistics, and that is the main reason why Google decided to block third-party code injections in the browser.
Two types of applications inject code the most: security solutions and accessibility software. While Google plans to block most code injections in Chrome eventually, it will continue to allow Microsoft-signed code, accessibility software, and IME software.
The change affects security software the most which often integrate in browsers to gain better access and protect against phishing and malware threats.
Google plans to tighten the browser in regards to third-party code injection in three steps:
In little bit over a year, Chrome will block third-party code injections completely. The notifications that Chrome will display during the first and second phase of the process will be an eye-opener to many users on Windows machines.
Code injection happens in the background and without user interaction, and it seems likely that most users are unaware of it happening at all on their machines.
Google recommends that companies who inject code currently in the browser use Chrome extensions or Native Messaging instead.
Companies have about 13 months to remove the code injecting bits from their programs, at least when it comes to Google Chrome, and find a different solution instead. It is unclear right now if other web browsers on Windows will benefit from Google's move as well, or if code injecting will continue to happen in those.
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