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14 December 2010, 10:45

Google issues security update for Chrome 8

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Google Chrome Logo Google has released version 8.0.552.224 of Chrome for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux into its Stable and Beta channels. The security update addresses a total of five vulnerabilities in the WebKit-based browser, two of which are rated as "High" priority.

One of the high risk issues affects only 64-bit versions of Linux, while the other relates to stale pointers in cursor handling. Other issues include browser crashes due to bad extensions, CSS parsing problems and a NULL pointer issue in web worker handling. Further details of the vulnerabilities are being withheld until "a majority of users are up-to-date with the fix".

As part of its Chromium Security Reward programme, Google rewarded those who reported two of the security vulnerabilities with $1,000. The company has also updated its Development (Dev) channel to version 9.0.597.19 for all platforms to fix a crashing bug related to browser sync. All users are encouraged to update to the latest releases as soon as possible.

More details about the Stable and Beta channel security updates can be found in a post on the Google Chrome Releases Blog. Chrome 8.0.552.224 is available to download for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux from Users who currently have Chrome installed can use the built-in update function by clicking Tools, selecting About Google Chrome and clicking the Update button.

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