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Latest Version of Chrome Improves Password Management, Patches 40 Flaws

Google this week celebrates 10 years of its Chrome web browser with the release of a new version that provides users with security improvements, new features, and patches for 40 vulnerabilities.

Google this week celebrates 10 years of its Chrome web browser with the release of a new version that provides users with security improvements, new features, and patches for 40 vulnerabilities.

The highly popular web browser now has an improved password manager that makes it easier for users to have a unique and strong password for each site. When a user is setting a new password, Chrome can generate it and save it, so that it is easily accessible on both computers and phones.

Chrome 69 also brings updated site indicators, as it no longer marks HTTPS websites with a green lock. Instead, the indicator is now grey, given that Google considers HTTPS connections the norm.

Starting with Chrome 68, Google is marking sites served over HTTP connections as “Not Secure”, in order to warn users that data transmitted between the site and the browser is susceptible to man-in-the-middle attacks and other types of threats. Attackers could even modify the content of web pages before they are delivered to the user.

Some of the new features in the browser include answers directly in the address bar (the Omnibox), improved site shortcut management, and new looks that include modified shape of tabs to make site icons easier to see.

Chrome Enterprise 69 now blocks third-party software to provide users with improved stability, requires users to grant explicit permission for Adobe Flash to run on sites still using it (the permission is asked after each browser restart), and prevents password reuse with a Password Alert policy.

Google also addressed a total of 40 security vulnerabilities with the release of Chrome 69, 22 of which were reported by external researchers. Of these, 7 were High risk flaws, 13 were Medium severity, and 2 were Low risk bugs.

Some of the addressed issues include out of bounds writes (in V8, Blink, WebAudio, Mojo, SwiftShader, Little-CMS , PDFium, and WebRTC), integer overflow in Skia, use after free (in WebRTC and Memory Instrumentation), Site Isolation bypasses, cross origin pixel leak, local file access, content security policy bypass, credit card information leak, URL spoofs, and stack buffer overflow in SwiftShader.

Google paid nearly $30,000 in bug bounty rewards to the reporting researchers, but the company hasn’t revealed information on all of the awarded bounties.

The latest browser iteration is now available for download for Windows, Mac and Linux as Chrome 69.0.3497.81.

 Related: Chrome Now Marks HTTP Sites as “Not Secure”

Related: Chrome to Issue Red “Not Secure” Warning for HTTP

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Ionut Arghire is an international correspondent for SecurityWeek.

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