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Google Release New Chrome 8 Browser Update

Google Release New Chrome 8 Browser Update

Google has released a new version of its Chrome web browser.

The company said that the Chrome 8.0.552.215 update would contain some 800 bug and stability fixes as well as security updates.

Among the biggest security updates will be to the browser's PDF component. The company said that it is placing a PDF viewer within the Chrome sandbox, providing an extra layer of protection against attacks.

Google recently announced a similar sandbox update for Adobe's Flash player.

In addition to the PDF viewer update, Chrome 8 contains 13 fixes for security vulnerabilities.

Of the 13 flaws, four were classified by Google posing a high security threat. Each of the four flaws were credited to third-party researchers and Google paid out rewards of $500 or $1000 for the vulnerability disclosures.

Another five vulnerabilities in the browser addressed flaws which the company classified as 'medium' security risks. Included in those fixes was an update to the 'dangerous file types' protection for the MacOS X and Linux versions of Chrome.

The remaining vulnerabilities were all classified by Google as posing a 'low' security risk.

The Chrome update comes two days after VMWare issued a security fix for its ESX server platform. The next major scheduled update, however, will come on 14 December when Microsoft posts its monthly security update.


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