Google patches Chrome following hack

March 9, 2012 • Security

After Google’s popular Chome browser was hacked by a Russian student, the multinational internet company frantically released an update to fix the security gap.

Google's Chrome should be secure following their security patch.

It took them less than 24 hours to develop and send out the patch fixing the security loophole via an automatic update. .

Google recently offered a $1 million prize to anyone capable of hacking Chrome. Sergey Glazunov, a Russian university student, did not walk away with the million dollars, but still earned himself a nifty $60 000 after hacking Chrome from a fully-patched Windows 7 64-bit PC.

The competition stipulated that all contestants had to disclose the details of their hacks. Once Google gained insight into its own vulnerabilities, they set out to fix the leak.

Google is withholding technical details for now regarding the leak until users have installed the necessary updates. However, what is known about the exploit is that it is WebKit-related, so disclosing details could compromise other browsers in the process.

Nico Gous

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