Thanks to the recent security settings bypass by Google (and probably other companies), United States FTC (Federal Trade Commission) and Europe’s CNIL (Commission Nationale de l’informatique et des Libertés), will investigate whether or not Google violated the privacy of its users.
Security contests prove to be useful.
Just as some might have thought that Google’s Chrome sandboxing feature is bullet proof, Sergey Glazunov, a security researcher who have found quite a few vulnerabilities in the fast, has enriched his life with a $60k reward, received for a “Full Chrome” exploit, which bypassed the sandbox feature. Although Google Chrome was previously known to withstand various attacks in Pwn2Own and similar contests, this time it was the first to fail.
Justin Schuh, Chrome’s security team member said, “It was an impressive exploit. It required a deep understanding of how Chrome works. This is not a trivial thing to do. It’s a very difficult and that’s why we’re paying $60,000.”
The keyword here is “up to”.
Called Pwnium, contest attendees will be asked to exploit the Google Chrome web browser and in return, will be rewarded as follows:
Just few days ago, Google has been accused of using a loophole in Apple’s Safari web browser, which allowed the search giant to track users by storing unwanted cookies.
Well, today Microsoft has published a report, stating that Google bypassed Internet Explorer’s privacy settings as well.
If you are a sort of person who is very sensitive about privacy, then Safari is not exactly the perfect browser to use, at least was.
While Safari prevents the third party cookies to be stored on devices or computers, a recently discovered loophole, which Google did use, allowed the search giant to store cookies for up to 24 hours.
How did it work? Turns out, if user was signed in to Google+ social network and agreed to see +1 on ads (a feature, which allows people to indicate that they liked the ad), Safari would store the cookie, enabling easy tracking for the search giant.
Over the course of last few last days, a huge amount of Google Chrome users have started experiencing crashes when surfing YouTutbe web site. While the search giant is presumably working on a way to fix that, here is what you can do to stop crashes from happening again:
- Right click on the video
- Click “Stop Downloading” before you close the tab
- Job done
During the FETC (Florida Educational Technology Conference) keynote, Rajen Sheth, Google’s Group Product Manager for Chromebooks, has announced a new deal, which would bring nearly 27 000 Chromebooks to the US schools.
Where are they headed?
If everything goes according to the plan, Rust, Mozilla’s experimental programming language that has been in development since 2006, could slowly replace C++, which is currently used by the open source organization.
Yesterday, we have reported about a search deal between Mozilla and the search giant, where Google would remain Firefox’s default search engine for another 3 years.
Although more details were not revealed that day, one of the unnamed sources now claims that Google will pay Mozilla almost $300 million for every year or nearly $1 billion in total.