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05 Apr 12 Google Chrome Updates Stable And Beta Channels

Google Chrome Updates Stable And Beta Channels

Google is constantly busy hammering away at new updates to Chrome. The hope is to obviously make it the safest and fastest browser on the Web. While Chrome has multiple channels it updates through, the stable and beta channels receive the permanent updates that define the platform. Both channels received a small update today that provides a number of fixes.

Detailing the updates on the Google Chrome Releases page, the team has notified users that an update has been rolled out to the stable and betat channels in Chrome for Windows, Mac, Linux and Chrome Frame. The updates made today fix a variety of small bugs related to HTML5 Canvas, CSS, etc. The fixes are:

Black screen on Hybrid Graphics system with GPU accelerated compositing enabled
CSS not applied to element
Regression rendering a div with background gradient and borders
Canvas 2D line drawing bug with GPU acceleration
Multiple crashes
Pop-up dialog is at wrong position
HTML Canvas patterns are broken if you change the transformation matrix
SSL interstitial error “proceed anyway” / “back to safety” buttons don’t work

Google also found an issue with the Mac version of Chrome. It seems that HTML5 audio doesn’t work on some Mac computers. A fix for that will probably be coming sooner than later.

The new release also includes a new version of Flash Player. Adobe issued a major security fix last week for Flash Player, but this release seems to be unrelated. The Adobe Web site says that the update “addresses memory corruption vulnerabilities in the Chrome Interface.”

As per tradition, Google hands out cash rewards for security loopholes pointed out by members of the community. In all, Google handed out $6,000 in cash to three developers. One person in particular going by the screen name miaubiz took home $4,500 for pointing out five security flaws.

It’s these kind of incentives that keeps Chrome on top of its game as being one of the most secure browsers on the Web. For full details on this release and more, check out the revision log.

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