Chrome 64 for Android Patches Spectre, Meltdown

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 @ 02:01 PM gHale

Google is releasing version 64 of its Chrome browser for Android.

With this release, Google Chrome’s stable branch is being updated to version 64.0.3282.116, bringing a series of changes to Android devices, including new features to improve user security.

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Google Chrome 64 has Meltdown and Spectre patches on PCs and boasts protection against malicious auto-redirects embedded into websites.

What that all means is if you end up loading a website that has a redirect embedded into an iframe, Google Chrome for Android can automatically block the redirect from the very beginning, letting you know about it using a notification bar that shows up at the top of the browser. The redirect block can be bypassed only by users specifically interacting with it.

Chrome 64 also has an ad blocker that make browsing that automatically prevents abusive ads from being displayed. This should mostly impact ads specifically disguised into buttons (like download buttons) and transparent overlays.

With this release, even if the user accidentally taps these ads, new tabs and windows would no longer be opened, so it is possible to continue browsing in the same tab.

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