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10 February 2011, 10:44

Google releases Chrome 9 security update

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Google Chrome Logo Less than one week after Chrome 9 was released into the browser's stable branch, Google has released version 9.0.597.94 of Chrome for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux, a maintenance and security update. The security update addresses a total of five vulnerabilities in the WebKit-based browser, three of which are rated as "High" priority.

According to Google, one of the high risk issues has to do with use-after-free in SVG font faces, while the other two affect stale pointers in animation event handling and with anonymous block handling. Additionally, two medium risk bugs were corrected in plug-in handling and the out-of-memory condition termination process. The browser update also includes the latest Flash Player 10.2 release from Adobe, which also included several security fixes.

As part of its Chromium Security Reward programme, Google rewarded those who reported three of the security vulnerabilities with $1,000. Further details of the Chrome vulnerabilities are being withheld until "a majority of users are up-to-date with the fix".

More information about the stable channel update can be found in a post on the Google Chrome Releases Blog by Chrome Program Manager Anthony Laforge. Chrome 9.0.597.94 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.

Update: Google has now released Chrome 9.0.597.98 for Windows to fix a problem concerning the input of text in a Flash input field using IME.

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