Microsoft Edge 97 released: here is what is new

Martin Brinkmann
Jan 7, 2022
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Microsoft Edge 97 Stable is now available. The new version of Microsoft's Chromium-based Edge web browser is a security and feature update.

microsoft edge 97

Edge desktop users may load edge://settings/help in the browser's address bar to display the installed version and run a manual check for updates. Edge installs updates automatically by default eventually, but it may take a while before updates are rolled out to the entire browser population. Since Edge 97 is a security update, users may want to update the browser early to protect it against potential attacks.

Microsoft Edge 97: new features

Microsoft Edge 97 is a smaller update feature-wise. The new version includes all security updates of the Chromium project as well as five Microsoft Edge-specific security updates. Interested users can check out the Edge-specific security updates here.

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Here is a quick summary of the security updates:

No vulnerability is exploited at the time of writing. Four of the five vulnerabilities are rated important, one is rated moderate.

  • Microsoft Edge (Chromium-based) Elevation of Privilege Vulnerability
    CVE-2022-21954
  • Microsoft Edge (Chromium-based) Remote Code Execution Vulnerability
    CVE-2022-21929
  • Microsoft Edge (Chromium-based) Remote Code Execution Vulnerability
    CVE-2022-21930
  • Microsoft Edge (Chromium-based) Remote Code Execution Vulnerability
    CVE-2022-21931
  • Microsoft Edge (Chromium-based) Elevation of Privilege Vulnerability
    CVE-2022-21970

Here is the overview of regular features and improvements:

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  • Automatic HTTPS mode is being rolled out to all Edge stable installations. You can check out our review of the Automatic HTTPS feature when it first landed in mid-2021. Load edge://settings/privacy to check if "Automatically switch to more secure connections with Automatic HTTPS is available yet. Automatic HTTPS mode comes with two options:
    • Upgrade to HTTPS if available but allow HTTP connections if HTTPS is not supported.
    • Upgrade to HTTPs and do not allow HTTP connections.
  • Support for Microsoft Endpoint Data Loss Prevention (DLP) on Mac OS.
  • The legacy WebSQL feature will be blocked automatically from third-party frames. A policy is available until the release of Microsoft Edge 101 to re-enable the feature.
  • Users with work or school accounts are signed in automatically to websites with the work or school account that is signed into the current profile, even if multiple accounts are available. Users may turn the feature on or off under Settings > Profile Preferences.
  • The new Citations feature of Microsoft Edge provides students with "a better way to manage and generate citations as they research online". Citations can be turned on in Collections or from Settings and more. The feature generates citations automatically when enabled.
  • Control Flow Guard on Windows 8 or later. Edge "will start supporting more fine-grained protection by combating memory corruption vulnerabilities and by protecting indirect calls".

Edge 97 launches with several new policies. Some control features and behavior introduced in Edge 7, others add more control over the browser. The full list is available here.

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  1. JonSnow said on January 7, 2022 at 4:18 pm
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    more junk of course…

  2. ULBoom said on January 7, 2022 at 5:36 pm
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    No.

    If they charged more, I’d buy three. The Apple effect.

    Edge NFT’s? That snail thing’s kinda cute.

  3. hercules said on January 8, 2022 at 11:27 am
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    > Remote Code Execution Vulnerability

    Ah, yes, the Windows standard.

  4. JoSi said on January 8, 2022 at 4:50 pm
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    Strange.
    I have Version 97.0.1072.55 (Official build) (64-bit).
    There’s no such setting.
    Search settings: ‘HTTPS’ only points to ‘Manage certificates’.

    Instead between ‘Block…’ and ‘Use secure DNS…’ (as per SCR above) I have:
    ‘Typosquatting checker’ and ‘Turn on site safety’.

    Difference appstore / install?

    1. JoSi said on January 8, 2022 at 4:52 pm
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      Oh, NB: I do have an old OS though: Win 10 1609. Won’t update b/c hardware I think.

    2. Shiva said on January 9, 2022 at 1:29 pm
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      Same here with Win 10 21H2 and Edge 97.0.1072.55, I don’t see that option between ‘Block…’ and ‘Use secure…’. Well, honestly I don’t really ask myself that much because I don’t use it.
      I don’t uninstall Edge only because I’m afraid of future windows update issues, you never can tell.

      Firefox fulfills his duty for nows.

    3. Shiva said on January 9, 2022 at 1:41 pm
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      1) edge://flags/
      2) Automatic HTTPS: from ‘Default’ to ‘Enable’

      Now I see that option.

      1. Hary said on January 11, 2022 at 12:27 am
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        Ty for tip.

    4. Shiva said on January 9, 2022 at 1:57 pm
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      PS: as MartinB wrote in the previous article linked in this post.

  5. yasmine said on January 9, 2022 at 4:09 am
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    which one would you recommend firefox or tor

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