Chrome OS has Meltdown Mitigations

Monday, April 30, 2018 @ 05:04 PM gHale

Google released a Chrome OS update for Chromebooks, adding mitigations for the Meltdown security vulnerability.

Google updated its Linux-based Chrome OS operating system for Chromebooks to version 66.0.3359.137, which brings in Kernel page-table isolation (KPTI) mitigation patches against the Meltdown security vulnerability for Intel-powered Chromebooks running on Linux kernel 3.8.

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“The Stable channel has been updated to 66.0.3359.137 (Platform version: 10452.74.0) for most Chrome OS devices,” said Google’s Josafat Garcia in a post. “This build contains a number of bug fixes and security updates. All Chrome OS devices are now protected against Meltdown.”

Prominent new features of the Chrome OS 66 release include Picture-in-Picture magnification, video recording support in the Camera app, the ability to zoom up to 20x with the built-in Chrome OS magnifier, better configuration for external displays, as well as a new Chrome OS keyboard shortcut helper.

Other changes include Google Play GDPR support, improvements to Google Play maximized window support, a new Sync notice that would appear during the initial sign-in, extended Magic Tether support to more devices, and automatic pass of Chrome OS user login credentials to network 802.1x authentication.

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