Google Releases Chrome 25

February 21, 2013

Google today released version 25 of its Chrome browser; for Windows and Linux, the new version number is 25.0.1364.97, and for Mac OS X it is 25.0.1364.99.  The new version incorporates some new features, including:

  • Support for the JavaScript Web Speech API
  • Better WebGL error handling
  • Better support for HTML 5 date/time inputs
  • Improved management and security for extensions, so that extensions cannot be installed without the user’s consent

The new release also includes fixes for 22 identified security vulnerabilities; Google categorizes 9 of these as High severity, 8 as Medium, and 5 as Low.  In addition, MathML is disabled by default, to address another serious security flaw.  More information is available in the Release Announcement.

Because of the security content of this release, I recommend that you update your systems as soon as you conveniently can.   Windows and Mac users can get the new version via the built-in update mechanism; Linux users should check their distribution’s repositories for the new version.

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