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Google issues first Chrome 2 security update

Warwick Ashford

Google has issued a security patch for its Chrome 2 browser less than a month after its official release.

The emphasis in Chrome 2 was on speed, but Google also claimed it was the most stable and that around 300 bugs had been fixed since the browser's launch.

The latest patch fixes two flaws in the WebKit open source browser engine at the heart of Chrome.

The first fix is for a memory corruption problem that Google has given a high severity rating.

"Visiting a maliciously crafted website may lead to a tab crash or arbitrary code execution in the Google Chrome sandbox," said Mark Larson, Google Chrome program manager in a blog posting.

The update addresses the issue through improved memory management, he said.

The second fix is for WebKit's handling of drag and drop functions that given a medium severity rating.

"This may lead to the disclosure of sensitive information when content is dragged over a maliciously crafted web page. This update addresses the issue through improved handling of drag events," said Larson.


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