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Google squashes 25 bugs in "bountiful" Chrome update

02 May 2011

Google dished out a record $16,500 in bounties to researchers who identified many of the 25 vulnerabilities fixed in its Chrome 11 web browser update.

The largest award, $3,000, went to a user who goes by the name "kuzzcc" for finding "possible URL bar spoofs with navigation errors and interrupted loads."

The Chrome update to version 11 on Windows, Mac, and Linux fixed 25 flaws in the Chrome web browser, the majority of which affects all platforms. Google fixed 18 vulnerabilities rated as “high,” six rated as “medium,” and three rated as “low”; none were ranked “critical.”

Google identified five of the bugs as "stale pointer" flaws in the application's memory allocation code. The company also fixed a flaw that could be used by attackers to spoof the contents of the address bar or to compromise the browser with malicious SVG files.

On the non-security side, the Chrome update enabled translation of speech into 50 languages.

“Using Chrome, you can now translate what you say into other languages with Google Translate. If you’re translating from English, just click on the microphone on the bottom right of the input box, speak your text, and choose a language you want to translate to. In fact, you can even click on the Listen feature to hear the translated words spoken back to you?, wrote Josh Estelle, software engineer with Google, in the Google Chrome Blog.

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