Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Google Chrome Caught in Vulnerability Web

Google updates Google Chrome to fix a security vulnerability that would allow hackers to launch universal cross-site scripting attacks. The flaw affects users with the Chrome Web browser installed who visit a malicious Web page with Microsoft Internet Explorer.

The Google Chrome Web browser has found itself at the center of a security issue that could lead to cross-site scripting attacks.

Google Chrome has been updated to to fix security vulnerability in the handling of ChromeHTML URIs (Uniform Resource Identifiers) that allows an attacker to bypass the Same Origin Policy for any site and enumerate victim's files and directories.

"If a user has Google Chrome installed, visiting an attacker-controlled Web page in Microsoft Internet Explorer could have caused Google Chrome to launch, open multiple tabs and load scripts that run after navigating to a URL of the attacker's choice," the advisory stated.

The vulnerability was discovered by IBM security researcher Roi Saltzman, who noted in a blog post that the processing of URL protocol handlers has been an ongoing issue with Internet Explorer. A similar situation was uncovered in 2007 involving Internet Explorer and Firefox.

"These issues pose a major threat to any user that browses a maliciously crafted page using Internet Explorer and has Google Chrome installed alongside," Saltzman wrote. "It is important to note that the way Internet Explorer processes URL protocol handlers is a known Achilles' heel and has been widely used previously to attack other various applications."
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Monday, April 27, 2009

Google Toolbar updated with My Location

Google has updated and added new features to its new Toolbar 6 Beta with the new feature of My location which is similar to Google latitude services which were launched in February. Google has already launched it’s my location feature in mobile phones. With My Location enabled, Toolbar searches are matched to your computer's IP address: everything you seek is now also seeking you. It can scour your Wi-Fi IP address as well, making it easier to find a "better" Starbucks from your current Starbucks.

You can easily download this feature on your Microsoft windows. Beware attempting to access My Location from behind a firewall. Google Toolbar with My Location features is oddly only available on Internet Explorer 6.0+. But not on Google Chrome.

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Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Google updated Chrome browser to boost speed

Google has updated the development build of the Google Chrome with a new feature which allows editing thumbnails on a new tab page. Earlier Chrome use to show the recently closed website on a thumbnail, now the new tab option is embedded in the contextual menu on the tab bar, as well as Undo Tab Close feature. But unfortunately, user can’t disable tab thumbnails on a new tab page completely, leaving only the list of recently closed tabs, windows and past searches.

It’s not over yet, Google made little more minor adjustment about how Chrome handles text coping. For computer security purposes, it’s no longer possible to cut or copy from a password text-field. The new Ctrl+Shift+Arrow key combo switches change in text direction in right-to-left user interfaces. The browser also support Ctrl +Shift text alignment based on which side of the keyboard those keys are pressed. Finally, this development version of Chrome fixed several bugs related to Google Calendar widget, text disappearance in certain web apps, mouse wheel and vertical scrollbar, form auto fill and history deletion while in Incognito mode.

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Thursday, April 9, 2009

Browsers speed test

Few days back a test was made on the browsers speed... in which Google Chrome proved itself as the faster leaving behind Firefox browser, Internet Explorer, Apple’s newly launched safari.

These browsers were set to open these sites at the same time, some of them were en.wikipedia.org, youtube.com, amazon.com, microsoft.com, yahoo.com, apple.com, myspace.com.

Google Chrome loaded all of these pages before other browsers could load them. Its average time to load nine pages was about 1.3 seconds. The only Site which Chrome was not able to load faster was apple.com which was loaded first by safari browser. The test was done on Windows Vista service pack 1 and the operating systems were reinstalled.

Chrome’s performance was very impressive in loading Wikipedia’s English-language home page, which it loaded in 1.12 seconds, compared to IE 8’s 2.24 seconds, Firefox’s 3.31 seconds and Safari’s 3.38 seconds.

Although Microsoft claimed IE 8 is now the fasted browser out there, it finished with an average page load time across all nine sites in this test of 1.8 seconds. Safari and Firefox tied for third with average page load times of 2.12 seconds.

For Mac users licking their chops at finally getting their hands on Google Chrome, the wait may not be much longer. By the end of this year surely... we can expect Mac version for Google Chrome.

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