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08 Apr 12 Google Chrome update fixes 12 security bugs


Google has updated its Chrome Web browser and fixed 12 security vulnerabilities, several of which could be exploited to gain unauthorized access to your system.

Released April 5, Chrome version 18.0.125.151 addresses seven high-risk, user-after-free bugs that could permit an attacker to run arbitrary code on infected computers. In accordance with its bug bounty hunting program, Google paid researchers $6,000 for reporting the bugs, Dennis Fisher from Kaspersky Lab reported.

This is Google’s second Chrome update in about a week; on March 29, the company released Chrome 18.0.1025.142, which tackled nine security glitches and included the newest version of Adobe Flash Player. The new Chrome, released today, contains another, updated Flash Player, Fisher said.

Chrome should install itself automatically, but if you want to see if you’re using the most up-to-date version, click on the wrench icon in the top right corner of our browser, and then select “About Google Chrome.” If your browser hasn’t yet updated itself, an “Update Now” tab will prompt you to do so.

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Article source: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/46976509/ns/technology_and_science-security/

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07 Apr 12 Google Chrome update fixes 12 security bugs


Google has updated its Chrome Web browser and fixed 12 security vulnerabilities, several of which could be exploited to gain unauthorized access to your system.

Released April 5, Chrome version 18.0.125.151 addresses seven high-risk, user-after-free bugs that could permit an attacker to run arbitrary code on infected computers. In accordance with its bug bounty hunting program, Google paid researchers $6,000 for reporting the bugs, Dennis Fisher from Kaspersky Lab reported.

This is Google’s second Chrome update in about a week; on March 29, the company released Chrome 18.0.1025.142, which tackled nine security glitches and included the newest version of Adobe Flash Player. The new Chrome, released today, contains another, updated Flash Player, Fisher said.

Chrome should install itself automatically, but if you want to see if you’re using the most up-to-date version, click on the wrench icon in the top right corner of our browser, and then select “About Google Chrome.” If your browser hasn’t yet updated itself, an “Update Now” tab will prompt you to do so.

© 2012 SecurityNewsDaily. All rights reserved

Article source: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/46976509/ns/technology_and_science-security/

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10 Feb 12 Updated Chrome browser scans files for malware


Google released the newest version of its Chrome Web browser, patching 20 security holes and adding a new feature to keep users automatically protected against dangerous downloads.

Released yesterday (Feb. 8), Chrome version 17.0.963.46 scans executable files (most have the “.exe” and “.msi” extensions) against a list of files known by Google to be offensive, as well as another list of safe downloadable files.

“If the executable doesn’t match a whitelist, Chrome checks with Google for more information, such as whether the website you’re accessing hosts a high number of malicious downloads,” Google software engineer Noé Lutz wrote in a blog post.

In automating the malware scan, this takes the onus off the user for determining which files are safe to download and which should be avoided.

Dennis Fisher, from the security vendor Kaspersky Lab, said the process is a “major upgrade” for Chrome.

“Attackers and malware authors often disguise their malicious files to look like legitimate files, giving them identical or similar names to common Windows executables, for example.” Fisher wrote. “For users, figuring out which ones are safe and which are dangerous can be a tall order.”

Along with this feature, Google fixed 20 vulnerabilities in Chrome 17, including eight high-priority glitches that could allow an outside party to gain unauthorized privileges on an infected computer.

For their work in detecting and reporting the bugs, Google paid $10,500 to researchers as part of its bug bounty program.

Google Chrome version 17 can be downloaded at Google.com/chrome. If you use Chrome but aren’t sure if you’re running the updated version, go to the wrench icon in the top right corner, next to the URL bar, and click on “About Google Chrome.” Because Chrome updates itself, you should see a message reading, “Google Chrome is up to date.” If you don’t see that, and the “Update Now” tab is highlighted, click it.

No matter what Web browser you prefer, it’s important to keep it up to date to protect yourself from online threats and all sorts of viruses. For a list of the top 10 best Web browsers, click here.

© 2012 SecurityNewsDaily. All rights reserved

Article source: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/46330156/ns/technology_and_science-security/

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10 Feb 12 Updated Chrome browser scans downloaded files for malware


Google released the newest version of its Chrome Web browser, patching 20 security holes and adding a new feature to keep users automatically protected against dangerous downloads.

Released yesterday (Feb. 8), Chrome version 17.0.963.46 scans executable files (most have the “.exe” and “.msi” extensions) against a list of files known by Google to be offensive, as well as another list of safe downloadable files.

“If the executable doesn’t match a whitelist, Chrome checks with Google for more information, such as whether the website you’re accessing hosts a high number of malicious downloads,” Google software engineer Noé Lutz wrote in a blog post.

In automating the malware scan, this takes the onus off the user for determining which files are safe to download and which should be avoided.

Dennis Fisher, from the security vendor Kaspersky Lab, said the process is a “major upgrade” for Chrome.

“Attackers and malware authors often disguise their malicious files to look like legitimate files, giving them identical or similar names to common Windows executables, for example.” Fisher wrote. “For users, figuring out which ones are safe and which are dangerous can be a tall order.”

Along with this feature, Google fixed 20 vulnerabilities in Chrome 17, including eight high-priority glitches that could allow an outside party to gain unauthorized privileges on an infected computer.

For their work in detecting and reporting the bugs, Google paid $10,500 to researchers as part of its bug bounty program.

Google Chrome version 17 can be downloaded at Google.com/chrome. If you use Chrome but aren’t sure if you’re running the updated version, go to the wrench icon in the top right corner, next to the URL bar, and click on “About Google Chrome.” Because Chrome updates itself, you should see a message reading, “Google Chrome is up to date.” If you don’t see that, and the “Update Now” tab is highlighted, click it.

No matter what Web browser you prefer, it’s important to keep it up to date to protect yourself from online threats and all sorts of viruses. For a list of the top 10 best Web browsers, click here.

© 2012 SecurityNewsDaily. All rights reserved

Article source: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/46330156/ns/technology_and_science-security/

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