Thursday, April 30, 2009

Dev Update: UI Tweaks and crash fixes


Google Chrome 2.0.177.1 has been released to the Dev channel.  

It includes a number of fixes and a couple UI tweaks.  For example, if you have searched from wikipedia.org in the past, start typing wikipedia.org in the omnibox, press the Tab key then a search term and suggestions and past searches will appear for Wikipedia.  Other fixes include:

  • [r14196] Scrollbars, Home/End work again in Gmail (Issue: 10009)
  • [r14377] Flash (and other plugins) can be installed without restarting the browser. (Issue: 10574)
  • [r14137] Fix hang seen in plugin process, including the new O3D plugin. (Issue: 10711)
  • [r13934On some sites text disappears or is never drawn. For example, on Google Calendar, the titles for all day events do not display. (Issue: 9904)
Detailed release notes are available.  You can find out about getting on the Dev channel here: http://dev.chromium.org/getting-involved/dev-channel.

If you find new issues, please let us know by filing a bug at http://code.google.com/p/chromium/issues/entry.

--Jonathan Conradt
Google Chrome Program Manager

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Stable Update: Security Fix

Edit (24 April): Removed "Such an attack only works if Chrome is not already running."

Google Chrome's Stable channel has been updated to 1.0.154.59 to fix a security issue:



CVE-2009-1412 ChromeHTML protocol handler same-origin bypass
An error in handling URLs with a chromehtml: protocol could allow an attacker to run scripts of his choosing on any page or enumerate files on the local disk under certain conditions.


If a user has Google Chrome installed, visiting an attacker-controlled web page in Internet Explorer could have caused Google Chrome to launch, open multiple tabs, and load scripts that run after navigating to a URL of the attacker's choice.


See http://code.google.com/p/chromium/issues/detail?id=9860 for more details.


Affected versions: 1.0.154.55 and earlier


Severity: High. This allows universal cross-site scripting (UXSS) without user interaction under certain conditions.


Credit: Roi Saltzman (roisa@il.ibm.com) Security Researcher at IBM Rational Application Security Research Group


--Mark Larson
Google Chrome Program Manager

Monday, April 20, 2009

Beta update: Fix text disappearing and non-admin launch


Google Chrome 2.0.172.8 has been released to the Beta channel to fix two major issues:
  • [Issue 9904] On some sites text disappears or is never drawn. For example, on Google Calendar, the titles for all day events do not display.
  • [Issue 10656] Google Chrome Beta does not launch after the update to 172.6. This affects users who installed Google Chrome through Google Pack, joined the Beta channel, and do not run as an administrator.
There are no other changes in this release.

If you find new issues, please let us know by filing a bug at http://code.google.com/p/chromium/issues/entry.

--Mark Larson
Google Chrome Program Manager

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Dev Update: Remove Thumbnails from the New Tab Page

Google Chrome's Dev channel has been updated to 2.0.174.0.

You can find out about getting on the Dev channel here: http://dev.chromium.org/getting-involved/dev-channel.

Notable Changes:
  • Ability to remove thumbnails from the New Tab Page (feature still in development). (Issue: 685)
  • Added "Undo Tab Close" and "New Tab" to the context menu on the tab bar. (Issue: 2144)
  • It is no longer possible to cut or copy from a password text-field. (Issue: 9425)
  • Ctrl+Shift+Arrow allows change in text direction in RTL UIs. Also now support Ctrl+Shift text alignment based on which side of the keyboard those keys are pressed.(Issues: 9762, 9763)

Last Week's Known Issues Fixed:
  • Fixed issue where Google Calendar widget was not showing events. (Issue: 8935)

Known Issues:
  • Text disappears in certain web applications. For example, labels on all day events in Google calendar do not appear except when moused over. (9904)
  • Mouse wheel scrolling does not scroll windows that aren't focused. (9647)
  • Vertical scrollbar disappears when maximizing and resizing window in Gmail. (10009)
  • Delete history from Incognito mode does not refersh the history page. (Issue: 9984)
  • IME issue, form autofill pop-up overlaps the IME candidate window. (Issue: 9596)
Let us know about the issues you find by filing a bug, but please search the open issues first.

A detailed list of changes in this release is in the release notes.


-- Anthony Laforge

Google Chrome Program Manager

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Beta Update

We've resolved the issue and we are now resuming the beta release push. Thanks for your patience.

Anthony Laforge
Chrome Team

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Beta Update: 2.0.172.5

Google Chrome's Beta channel has been updated to 2.0.172.5. This release includes all the patches and fixes between 2.0.169.1 and 2.0.172.2.

Some highlights for this release:

  • Lots of bug and stability fixes!
  • Added support to cache some form submissions so that when you press back, you don't get the annoying "Confirm Form Submission"
  • Autocomplete popup now appears when you press up/down key in a text-field.
  • Visited links from normal browsing are no longer being displayed as visited (i.e. purple) in incognito mode.
  • Pressing the Del key while a item is selected in the form suggestion popup deletes that suggestion.


Anthony Laforge, PMP
Google Chrome

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Dev Channel Update: 2.0.173.1

Google Chrome's Dev channel has been updated to 2.0.173.1. This was mostly a bug fix crash/ release.

You can find out about getting on the Dev channel here: http://dev.chromium.org/getting-involved/dev-channel.

Notable Changes:
  • Fixed a plugin crash related to FoxIt reader. (Issue: 9539)
  • V8 proxy resolver support is now enabled by default, and is no longer behind a flag. (Issues: 2764, 74)
  • Added a localizable font family and font size for rendered web content. This allows Chrome to display larger characters for certain international font families (e.g. Malayalam and Bengali). (Issue: 7319)
  • Fixed a crash which occured when canceling a save page operation. (Issue: 9738)

Last Week's Known Issues Fixed:
  • Cannot drag bookmarks on then New Tab page (Issue 9674).

Known Issues
  • Mouse wheel scrolling does not scroll windows that aren't focused (9647).
  • Google Calendar widget not updating properly (Issue 8935)

Please let us know about the issues you find by filing a bug, but please search the open issues first.

A detailed list of changes in this release is in the release notes.

--Anthony Laforge
Google Chrome Program Manager

Friday, April 3, 2009

Dev update: Fixes Right-click Copy and "Confirm Form Submission"


Google Chrome's Dev channel has been updated to 2.0.172.2. We're late this week, because I wanted to make sure we fixed the #1 annoyance with 171.0: you can't copy text with right click.

You can find out about getting on the Dev channel here: http://dev.chromium.org/getting-involved/dev-channel.

Notable Changes:
  • Fixed not being able to copy selected text by using right-click (Issue 8883).
  • Added support to cache some form submissions so that when you press back, you don't get the annoying "Confirm Form Submission" page (Issue 2636).
  • The Web Inspector should be working properly again (right-click > Inspect Element) (Issue 8821).
  • Fixed most pages being cut off on the side and bottom when you print them (Issue 9535).
Last Week's Known Issues Fixed:
  • Fixed problem of creating multuiple Download tabs in a window (Issue 8767). Thanks to a contribution by Mohamed Mansour.
  • Fixed the progress indicator for downloads (Issue 8220).
  • Fixed History tab only showing today's browsing history (Issue 8827).
  • Fixed auto-detect for page encoding (Issue 8587).
Known Issues
  • Cannot drag bookmarks on then New Tab page (Issue 9674).
  • Mouse wheel scrolling does not scroll windows that aren't focused (9647).
  • Plus much, much more! Let us know about the issues you find by filing a bug, but please search the open issues first.
A detailed list of changes in this release is in the release notes.

--Mark Larson
Google Chrome Program Manager