Google Releases Chrome Update

Monday, June 6, 2016 @ 11:06 AM gHale


Google released version 51.0.2704.79 of its Chrome browser, a maintenance update for the 51.x branch that fixes 15 security bugs.

Chrome 51.0.2704.79 is only a small release, and Google has introduced it to address problems that allowed attackers to go after the browser’s security features.

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While Google dealt with 15 security issues, there were two high-level bugs that could allow attackers to bypass the browser’s cross-origin code execution restrictions and run malicious code via the Blink engine and its Extensions component.

Both these issues brought in $7,500 for the researchers who discovered them.

Five other researchers also reported medium-level security bugs, with payouts ranging from $1,000 to $4,000.

These included an information leak and a use-after-free issue in the Extensions component, problems with parameter sanitization in the DevTools package, a use-after-free issue in the Autofill module, and an out-of-bounds memory read in the Skia module.

The rest of security bugs ended up discovered by Google’s employees, and some through the Chromium project.

Because this version is a maintenance release between the 51 and the 52 branches, there are no other game-changing features included in this new version.

Besides the security fixes, Google Chrome 51.0.2704.79 comes with a few bug fixes as well, mainly to address issues that forced a crash of the browser or created issues with its download file paths.