Chrome Update Includes 31 Security Fixes

Thursday, April 10, 2014 @ 04:04 PM gHale

Google released stable versions of its Chrome browser with 31 security fixes, ChromeOS and other development versions of its products.

Google’s latest Chrome Web browser Version 34 is now rolling out, as well as a new ChromeOS Version 34 for all Chrome devices, as the company continues its regularly scheduled updates for its Chrome line of browsers and related applications.

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The latest stable channel update of the Chrome browser, Version 34 is now available for Windows, Mac, and Linux, said Daniel Xie of the Google Chrome team.

The new version includes bug fixes and improvements, such as easier importing of supervised users onto new computers, several new apps and extension APIs, a different look for the Windows 8 Metro mode and many changes to improve stability and performance, Xie said. Version 34 also has 31 security fixes, including at least nine that are high priority and three that are medium priority.

The latest Chrome 34 also now includes the ability to remember and fill password fields even when the autocomplete function is off, Xie said. This is to encourage the use of the Chrome password manager so users can have more complex passwords.

Also released is the latest Stable Version 34 of ChromeOS for all Chrome devices, said Matthew Yuan of the Google Chrome team.

The new version, known officially as Version 34.0.1847.118, includes bug fixes, security updates and feature enhancements, he said. Chrome devices will be receiving the update automatically. Among the fixes and features are a new “side dock,” which allows users to dock small windows and panels to screen edges, and a default “on” status for Google Drive offline backup after a user’s first log-in, Yuan said.

The new versions of Chrome and ChromeOS follow the March release of the previous Version 33 releases of each of those products.

Chrome for Android has also received an update to Version 34, giving Android devices the latest edition of their customized browser.

Chrome 34 for Android, officially Version 34.0.1847.114, distributes through Google Play and contains crash fixes and performance improvements, including battery usage optimizations, wrote Kersey.

Google is also rolling out an update for its Chromecast TV dongle devices.

The Build 16664 update includes bug fixes and stability improvements, as well as the new ability for the Chromecast audio volume level to end up retained across sessions. It also includes improved IPv6 support and improved Domain Name System (DNS) robustness.

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