Google patches 23 security flaws with new Chrome 10 browser

The company doled out a healthy $16,174 in bounties to security researchers, some even getting $2,000 for working with Chrome developers to provide a patch.

The release of Chrome 10 comes just a week after Google plugged 19 security holes in Chrome 9 and just before the Pwn2Own hacking contest at CanSecWest in Vancouver.

Other security features in Chrome 10 include improved malware reporting and disabling outdated plugins by default, synced data encryption, as well as Flash Player sandboxing.

Tim Steele, software engineer at Google, explained in a blog post: “We’ve extended Chrome’s sandboxing technology to the integrated Flash Player in Chrome. So if you’re using Windows Vista or newer versions, you’ll benefit from the additional layer of protection against malicious webpages."

But Chrome 10 is not only about security. The new browser promises 66% faster speeds with its Crankshaft Javascript engine, password syncing across computers, and an improved settings interface.

“Chrome’s new settings interface will help you get to the right settings quickly so you don’t have to dig endlessly to find a way to import your bookmarks or change your browser’s homepage”, explained Steele.

“We’ve added a search box that shows you the settings you’re looking for, as you type. On top of that, you can also copy and paste a direct link into Chrome’s address bar to jump to a specific settings page”, he added.

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