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19 May 12 Google releases Chrome 19, adds tab sync and patches 20 bugs


Google on Tuesday released Chrome 19, patched 20 vulnerabilities in the browser and doled out $16,500 in bug bounties and rewards to independent researchers.

Chrome 19′s most obvious change is the new support for tab synchronization. Like the already available bookmark, password, app and extension sync, open tabs will now be kept in step on all copies of Chrome, on multiple platforms, including Android, that are linked to the same Google account.

Although Chrome 19 supports the feature, synchronization will not be enabled for all users immediately, said Raz Mathias, a Chrome software engineer. “The tab sync feature will be rolled out gradually over the coming weeks, Mathias said in a Tuesday blog.

Chrome is not breaking ground here.

Mozilla has had tab sync since Firefox 4, which shipped more than a year ago, and third-party extensions, like Xmarks, sync open tabs across browsers from different vendors.

Chrome was last upgraded seven weeks ago. Google releases a new “stable” version about every six to eight weeks and has been on a slightly slower schedule recently than rival Mozilla’s strict every-six-weeks tempo.

Chrome 19 also includes patches for 20 security vulnerabilities: Eight were ranked “high,” Google’s second-most-serious threat rating, seven were marked “medium,” and five were labeled “low.”

Seven of the vulnerabilities were described in Google’s brief advisory as “out-of-bounds” read or write flaws, a category of memory bugs where a function does not check that input doesn’t exceed allocated buffers.

Google paid $7,500 in bounties to six researchers for reporting nine vulnerabilities, including two that were not strictly within Chrome. One of the latter was a bug in a Linux Nvidia driver, for example.

The 11 remaining bugs were uncovered by Google’s own security team or were credited to Microsoft, or were not significant enough to rate a bounty.

Google also handed over an additional $9,000 to half-a-dozen researchers, some of whom collected other cash rewards, for reporting bugs that were patched by Google earlier in Chrome 19′s development process.

So far this year, Google has paid more than $230,000 to outside researchers for submitting Chrome vulnerabilities. More than half of that — $120,000 — was laid out in March at “Pwnium,” a Google-sponsored hacking challenge.

Tuesday’s update was the 13th this year that patched one or more vulnerabilities.

According to the latest figures from metric company Net Applications, Chrome has a usage share of about 19%. Irish measurement firm StatCounter, on the other hand, pegged Chrome’s share for April at 31%.

Chrome 19 can be downloaded for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux from Google’s website. The browser is updated automatically through its silent service.

Gregg Keizer covers Microsoft, security issues, Apple, Web browsers and general technology breaking news for Computerworld. Follow Gregg on Twitter at @gkeizer, on Google+ or subscribe to Gregg’s RSS feed. His email address is gkeizer@computerworld.com.

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Article source: http://www.itworld.com/software/277314/google-releases-chrome-19-adds-tab-sync-and-patches-20-bugs

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18 May 12 Google Chrome 19 adds tab sync, squashes 20 bugs


Google earlier this week released version 19 of its popular Chrome browser, patching a total of 20 vulnerabilities. Google has been releasing a new “stable” version of Chrome for the public every six-to-eight weeks, steadily resolving security weaknesses and adding new features in each new update.

In terms of new capabilities, Chrome 19 brings the ability to automatically share open tabs across devices, which requires that users be first signed in to Chrome and opt to sync their open tabs under “Advanced sync settings” in their browser settings. Once configured, other devices signed in with the same user account will be able to load open tabs by selecting them from an “Other devices” menu.

Describing the new feature in a blog, Raz Mathias, a Chrome software engineer, wrote, “The back and forward buttons will even work, so you can pick up browsing right where you left off.” Tab sync will not be enabled for all users immediately, says Google (NASDAQ: GOOG), but will be gradually rolled out over a number of weeks. In comparison, Mozilla has had tab sync since Firefox 4, which shipped in 2011.

Chrome 19 can be downloaded for Windows, OS X and Linux here. As usual, existing users should have been updated automatically. If you’re still on an earlier version of Chrome, a quick restart by shutting down all browser windows and relaunching Chrome should initiate a transition to the latest version.

For more:
- check out this article at Google Chrome Blog
- check out this article at InformationWeek

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Article source: http://www.fiercecio.com/techwatch/story/google-chrome-19-adds-tab-sync-squashes-20-bugs/2012-05-18

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18 May 12 Google Releases Chrome 19, Adds Tab Sync and Patches 20 Bugs


Google on Tuesday released Chrome 19, patched 20 vulnerabilities in the browser and doled out $16,500 in bug bounties and rewards to independent researchers.

Chrome 19′s most obvious change is the new support for tab synchronization. Like the already available bookmark, password, app and extension sync, open tabs will now be kept in step on all copies of Chrome, on multiple platforms, including Android, that are linked to the same Google account.

Although Chrome 19 supports the feature, synchronization will not be enabled for all users immediately, said Raz Mathias, a Chrome software engineer. “The tab sync feature will be rolled out gradually over the coming weeks, Mathias said in a Tuesday blog.

Chrome is not breaking ground here.

Mozilla has had tab sync since Firefox 4, which shipped more than a year ago, and third-party extensions, like Xmarks, sync open tabs across browsers from different vendors.

Chrome was last upgraded seven weeks ago. Google releases a new “stable” version about every six to eight weeks and has been on a slightly slower schedule recently than rival Mozilla’s strict every-six-weeks tempo.

Chrome 19 also includes patches for 20 security vulnerabilities: Eight were ranked “high,” Google’s second-most-serious threat rating, seven were marked “medium,” and five were labeled “low.”

Seven of the vulnerabilities were described in Google’s brief advisory as “out-of-bounds” read or write flaws, a category of memory bugs where a function does not check that input doesn’t exceed allocated buffers.

Google paid $7,500 in bounties to six researchers for reporting nine vulnerabilities, including two that were not strictly within Chrome. One of the latter was a bug in a Linux Nvidia driver, for example.

The 11 remaining bugs were uncovered by Google’s own security team or were credited to Microsoft, or were not significant enough to rate a bounty.

Google also handed over an additional $9,000 to half-a-dozen researchers, some of whom collected other cash rewards, for reporting bugs that were patched by Google earlier in Chrome 19′s development process.

So far this year, Google has paid more than $230,000 to outside researchers for submitting Chrome vulnerabilities. More than half of that — $120,000 — was laid out in March at “Pwnium,” a Google-sponsored hacking challenge.

Tuesday’s update was the 13th this year that patched one or more vulnerabilities.

According to the latest figures from metric company Net Applications, Chrome has a usage share of about 19%. Irish measurement firm StatCounter, on the other hand, pegged Chrome’s share for April at 31%.

Chrome 19 can be downloaded for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux from Google’s website. The browser is updated automatically through its silent service.

Gregg Keizer covers Microsoft, security issues, Apple, Web browsers and general technology breaking news for Computerworld. Follow Gregg on Twitter at @gkeizer, on Google+ or subscribe to Gregg’s RSS feed. His email address is gkeizer@computerworld.com.

See more by Gregg Keizer on Computerworld.com.

Read more about browsers in Computerworld’s Browsers Topic Center.

Article source: http://www.pcworld.com/article/255654/google_releases_chrome_19_adds_tab_sync_and_patches_20_bugs.html

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16 May 12 Google Chrome 19 Debuts, With 20 Bug Patches


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Google Tuesday released version 19 of its Chrome browser, which includes fixes for 20 vulnerabilities, as well as a new feature for sharing open tabs across different devices. But Google said the feature won’t be widely available for another few weeks.

The new version of Chrome is available for Windows, Mac, Linux, and Chrome Frame. All current Chrome installations should auto-update to the latest version over the next few days.

Google releases a new, stable version of Chrome about every six to eight weeks.

With the release of Chrome 19, Google also distributed $7,500 as part of its bug bounty program. None of the patched bugs were “critical,” meaning–per the Common Vulnerability Scoring System (CVSS)–that attackers could have potentially used them to remotely execute arbitrary code. However, eight of the vulnerabilities patched in the new version of Chrome are of “high” severity, seven are ranked as “medium,” and five are of “low” severity.

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Six of the bugs were spotted by Google or the broader Chromium (Google Chrome OS) community. A low-risk, Windows-only “bad search path for Windows Media Player plug-in” bug was credited to Microsoft and Microsoft Vulnerability Research.

Full information about all of the bugs has yet to be released; Google typically waits to release detailed information until the majority of Chrome users have received related patches. But many of the patched bugs relate to memory errors in C/C++. Not coincidentally, Google said that a homegrown tool, AddressSanitizer, had been used by researchers to detect many of the patched vulnerabilities.

Unusually, Google also distributed an additional $9,000 in rewards to Aki Helin at the Oulu University Secure Programming Group in Finland, as well as Sławomir Błażek, Chamal de Silva, miaubiz, Arthur Gerkis, and Christian Holler “for working with us during the development cycle and preventing security regressions from ever reaching the stable channel.” All feature prominently in Google’s Security Hall of Fame, which lists researchers who have helped “make Chromium safer.”

Google software engineer and “tab-wrangling server jockey” Raz Mathias explained how Chrome’s new tab synchronization feature will work. “When you’re signed in to Chrome, your open tabs are synced across all your devices, so you can quickly access them from the ‘Other devices’ menu on the New Tab page,” he said in a blog post. “If you’ve got Chrome for Android Beta, you can open the same recipe tab right on your phone when you run out to the store for more ingredients. The back and forward buttons will even work, so you can pick up browsing right where you left off.”

Chrome isn’t the only browser now offering tab synchronization. Notably, Mozilla added tab synchronization to Firefox 4, which it released in 2010.

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Article source: http://www.informationweek.com/news/security/vulnerabilities/240000485

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16 May 12 Google Releases Chrome 19, Adds Tab Sync and Patches 20 Bugs


Google on Tuesday released Chrome 19, patched 20 vulnerabilities in the browser and doled out $16,500 in bug bounties and rewards to independent researchers.

Chrome 19′s most obvious change is the new support for tab synchronization. Like the already available bookmark, password, app and extension sync, open tabs will now be kept in step on all copies of Chrome, on multiple platforms, including Android, that are linked to the same Google account.

Although Chrome 19 supports the feature, synchronization will not be enabled for all users immediately, said Raz Mathias, a Chrome software engineer. “The tab sync feature will be rolled out gradually over the coming weeks, Mathias said in a Tuesday blog.

Chrome is not breaking ground here.

Mozilla has had tab sync since Firefox 4, which shipped more than a year ago, and third-party extensions, like Xmarks, sync open tabs across browsers from different vendors.

Chrome was last upgraded seven weeks ago. Google releases a new “stable” version about every six to eight weeks and has been on a slightly slower schedule recently than rival Mozilla’s strict every-six-weeks tempo.

Chrome 19 also includes patches for 20 security vulnerabilities: Eight were ranked “high,” Google’s second-most-serious threat rating, seven were marked “medium,” and five were labeled “low.”

Seven of the vulnerabilities were described in Google’s brief advisory as “out-of-bounds” read or write flaws, a category of memory bugs where a function does not check that input doesn’t exceed allocated buffers.

Google paid $7,500 in bounties to six researchers for reporting nine vulnerabilities, including two that were not strictly within Chrome. One of the latter was a bug in a Linux Nvidia driver, for example.

The 11 remaining bugs were uncovered by Google’s own security team or were credited to Microsoft, or were not significant enough to rate a bounty.

Google also handed over an additional $9,000 to half-a-dozen researchers, some of whom collected other cash rewards, for reporting bugs that were patched by Google earlier in Chrome 19′s development process.

So far this year, Google has paid more than $230,000 to outside researchers for submitting Chrome vulnerabilities. More than half of that — $120,000 — was laid out in March at “Pwnium,” a Google-sponsored hacking challenge.

Tuesday’s update was the 13th this year that patched one or more vulnerabilities.

According to the latest figures from metric company Net Applications, Chrome has a usage share of about 19%. Irish measurement firm StatCounter, on the other hand, pegged Chrome’s share for April at 31%.

Chrome 19 can be downloaded for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux from Google’s website. The browser is updated automatically through its silent service.

Gregg Keizer covers Microsoft, security issues, Apple, Web browsers and general technology breaking news for Computerworld. Follow Gregg on Twitter at @gkeizer, on Google+ or subscribe to Gregg’s RSS feed. His email address is gkeizer@computerworld.com.

See more by Gregg Keizer on Computerworld.com.

Read more about browsers in Computerworld’s Browsers Topic Center.

Article source: http://www.pcworld.com/article/255654/google_releases_chrome_19_adds_tab_sync_and_patches_20_bugs.html

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15 May 12 Google Chrome 19 Adds Synched Tabs


Google today released a new, stable version of its Chrome browser that adds tab synching to the mix.

Users who are signed into Chrome will be able to surf the Web using Chrome on their work computer and pick up where they left off on a personal laptop at home, for example. Those with Chrome for Android beta can do the same on their smartphone.

In a Tuesday blog post, Raz Mathias, a Google software engineer, pointed to online recipe hunting as one use for tab synching. “Say you’ve found an awesome recipe on your work computer,” he wrote, “but when you get back home, you can’t quite remember if it was two teaspoons of baking soda or two teaspoons of baking powder. Wouldn’t it be cool if you could pull up the same recipe on your home computer with one click?”

Chrome 19 Tab Sync

To activate, click the wrench icon on the top right of the Chrome browser and scroll down to “Sign in to Chrome.” In addition to tabs, this will also sync bookmarks, apps, extensions, history, themes, and other settings.

“That way, when you sign in to Chrome, you can have your personal Chrome experience on all your devices,” Mathias wrote.

Chrome 19 is now live, but tab sync will roll out in the coming weeks, he said.

The new browser release also includes a number of security fixes that resulted in about $7,500 worth of bug bounties, Google said on its Chrome Release blog.

Chrome for Android beta made its debut in February, but at this point it only works on devices running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. For more, see PCMag’s hands on.

Also check out PCMag’s review of Chrome.

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Article source: http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2404455,00.asp

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15 May 12 Google Chrome 19 Adds Synched Tabs


Google today released a new, stable version of its Chrome browser that adds tab synching to the mix.

Users who are signed into Chrome will be able to surf the Web using Chrome on their work computer and pick up where they left off on a personal laptop at home, for example. Those with Chrome for Android beta can do the same on their smartphone.

In a Tuesday blog post, Raz Mathias, a Google software engineer, pointed to online recipe hunting as one use for tab synching. “Say you’ve found an awesome recipe on your work computer,” he wrote, “but when you get back home, you can’t quite remember if it was two teaspoons of baking soda or two teaspoons of baking powder. Wouldn’t it be cool if you could pull up the same recipe on your home computer with one click?”

Chrome 19 Tab Sync

To activate, click the wrench icon on the top right of the Chrome browser and scroll down to “Sign in to Chrome.” In addition to tabs, this will also sync bookmarks, apps, extensions, history, themes, and other settings.

“That way, when you sign in to Chrome, you can have your personal Chrome experience on all your devices,” Mathias wrote.

Chrome 19 is now live, but tab sync will roll out in the coming weeks, he said.

The new browser release also includes a number of security fixes that resulted in about $7,500 worth of bug bounties, Google said on its Chrome Release blog.

Chrome for Android beta made its debut in February, but at this point it only works on devices running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. For more, see PCMag’s hands on.

In other Chrome news, an analyst this week said that Chrome for iOS is coming soon. Ben Schachter with Macquarie Securities didn’t go into detail about how he knew the mobile browser was in the works, but said “it could significantly benefit Google’s strategic and
operational mobile positioning.”

Also check out PCMag’s review of Chrome.

For more from Chloe, follow her on Twitter @ChloeAlbanesius.

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Article source: http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2404455,00.asp?kc=PCRSS03069TX1K0001121

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