According to ArsTechnica, Microsoft does not recommend IE users installing Google Chrome Frame plugin due to security issues.
One of the Microsoft spokesperson said:
“Given the security issues with plugins in general and Google Chrome in particular, Google Chrome Frame running as a plugin has doubled the attach area for malware and malicious scripts. This is not a risk we would recommend our friends and families take.”
Even though additional plugins can increase potential risk, developer Jim Ray has clarified some of the security concerns.
Google Chrome Frame uses BHO (Browser Helper Object) protocol, which was introduced in Internet Explorer 4 (sort of “Firefox Add-ons”). However, back in early days, it was mostly used to install toolbars and malware. Fortunately, the issue was fixed in IE6 SP2 which sandboxed BHO’s that had installed themselves.
In addition, Google integrated its own sandbox to secure Chrome Frame. So just to make it short: it’s not as bad as Microsoft says it is.
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