Google Releases Chrome 10

March 8, 2011

Google today released a new version, 10.0.648.127, of its Chrome Web browser, for all platforms (Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux).  It incorporates a number of improvements and new features, including:

  • Improved JavaScript performance
  • Enabled hardware acceleration for graphics
  • Sandboxed Adobe Flash player (built in) on Windows

The new version also fixes 25 identified security vulnerabilities.  More details on the changes in the new version are in the Release Announcement on the official Chrome Releases blog.   The Chrome Blog also has a discussion of some of the new features.

Because of its security content, I recommend that you update to the new version as soon as you conveniently can.  Windows users can obtain the new version via the built-in update mechanism (Help / About Google Chrome). Linux users should be able to get the new version using standard package update tools (e.g., apt-get, synaptic).

Microsoft Security Patches, March 2011

March 8, 2011

In keeping with its normal schedule, Microsoft today released its monthly bundle of security bulletins, and the associated patches, for March.  This month, there are three patches addressing four identified vulnerabilities.  Two of these patches are for Windows components; the other is for a component of Microsoft Office called Groove.   One of the Windows patches has a Critical severity rating; the other patches are rated Important.  Microsoft also says that exploit code is Likely for all of these vulnerabilities; three of the four have been publicly disclosed.

Further details and download links are in the Security Bulletin Summary for March.  Any of these patches may require a system restart.  As always, you should update your systems as son as you conveniently can.

As usual, the folks at the SANS Internet Storm Center have published their own summary of the patches, together with their severity ratings.

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