Sunday, December 21, 2008

Dev update: New Gears

Google Chrome's Dev channel has been updated to version 1.0.154.42. This release fixes a few minor bugs, and updates Gears to 0.5.8.0 to fix an occasional crash in some sites with offline applications enabled.


Find about the Dev channel and how to subscribe at http://dev.chromium.org/getting-involved/dev-channel.

The complete list of bugs fixed are available in the release notes.

--Mark Larson, Google Chrome Program Manager

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Dev update: Bug fixes

Google Chrome's Dev channel has been updated to version 1.0.154.39. This release fixes a handful of bugs, including a few additional fixes that should help with Hotmail compatibility.

The previous release announcement has instructions for how to change Google Chrome's user agent string so that you can test the Hotmail fix.

Find about the Dev channel and how to subscribe at http://dev.chromium.org/getting-involved/dev-channel.

The complete list of bugs fixed are available in the release notes.

--Mark Larson, Google Chrome Program Manager

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Stable release: Google Chrome is out of Beta!

Google Chrome is now officially out of Beta. Read about it here.

All users will get updated to the latest release over the next few days. The version of the latest update is 1.0.154.36.

Note to Dev channel users: The Dev channel release will stay at 0.4.154.33. The current stable release is the same as the current Dev channel release without the Hotmail fix (which hasn't been tested enough to release to all users). An update is coming next week.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Dev release: Fixes Hotmail, Options dialog on XP 64-bit

Google Chrome's Dev channel has been updated (version: 0.4.154.33). This release fixes the following issues:

  • [r6482] Fixes issues with composing mail and switching folders in Hotmail. Hotmail still does not properly recognize Google Chrome, so to use the site, you have to add the following to the shortcut you use to launch Google Chrome:

    --user-agent="Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US) AppleWebKit/525.19 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/3.1 Safari/525.19"

    Right-click the Google Chrome shortcut, click Properties, and paste the line above to the end of the Target field.
    Note: This should only be used for testing or a temporary workaround to use Hotmail; it makes sites treat your browser as Safari 3. We hope to get the issue with user agent detection resolved with Hotmail so this step isn't needed.
  • [r6421] Fixes a crash when opening the Options dialog on 64-bit Windows. (Issue 49)
  • [r6418] Allows Google Desktop links to launch Google Chrome as the default browser.

Find about the Dev channel and how to subscribe at http://dev.chromium.org/getting-involved/dev-channel.

The complete release notes are available here.

--Mark Larson, Google Chrome Program Manager

[Edit: Noted that changing the user agent string should be used for testing only.]

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Dev release: 0.4.154.31

Google Chrome 0.4.154.31 has been released to the Dev channel only. This is a bugfix-only release. There are no new features.

See http://dev.chromium.org/getting-involved/dev-channel  for information about subscribing to the Google Chrome Dev channel.

Please file (or update existing) issues at http://code.google.com/p/chromium/issues. 

Bugs Fixed
  • Fixes several browser crashes.
  • Fixes trackpad scrolling on more laptops.
  • Fix Sogou Pinyin Chinese input method editor (IME) skipping the first letter typed.
The complete list of fixes is in the detailed release notes.

--Mark Larson, Google Chrome Program Manager

Monday, December 1, 2008

Beta release: 0.4.154.29

Google Chrome 0.4.154.29 has been released and all users will get automatically updated over the next 48 hours.

This release upgrades Gears to 0.5.4.2 to address a security issue with Gears 0.5.4.0 and earlier versions:

Gears Cross-Origin Worker Vulnerability
CVE: CVE-2008-5258
A vulnerability in Gears could allow an attacker to run code in the context of a site that serves user-controlled files. To exploit this, an attacker needs to upload a malicious file to the victim's site and convince the user to allow the attacker's site to use Gears.

Severity: High. Even though this requires convincing users to allow a third-party site to use Gears, it could allow data theft and cross-site scripting on sites hosting user-created content, even those that do not use Gears.
Credit: Thanks to Yair Amit, Senior Security Researcher, IBM Rational Application Security Research Team for responsibly reporting the issue to Google.

This release also contains a fix to stop crashes while dragging tabs on computers running Windows Vista.