NEWS FROM THE LAB - Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Google Chrome and Security Posted by Mikko @ 06:54 GMT

So Google's Chrome web browser has been released.

For a change it's nice to see a browser that does not eat all of your memory.

Chrome is going to become popular. That means it will also become an interesting target for malware authors.

Google knows this.

Snippet from the Chrome Cartoon by the great Scott McCloud

Chrome features sandboxing of each tab, built-in web reputation service, special privacy mode and so on.

For example, here's what it looks like when you try access a known malicious site with Chrome:

ssl2.su phishing site

However, one security vulnerability has already been found, based on the WebKit engine used inside Chrome.

There will be more issues, especially related to plugins.

We expect Chrome to quickly gather a sizable market share, mostly from existing Firefox users.