Google Chrome Browser to Gain Plug-in Protection
Google plans to block out-of-date plug-ins from running in its Chrome browser, following in the footsteps of what Mozilla has done with Firefox security.Google is bolstering Chrome security with a plan to block vulnerable plug-ins from launching. "We're working on tackling the problem of out-of-date plug-ins, starting with the two most widely used and targeted plug-ins," a Google spokesperson told eWEEK. "Adobe Flash now ships with Chrome and is automatically kept up-to-date with Chrome's powerful auto-update. And in our latest developer builds, PDF files are rendered internally by Chrome. The PDF solution will also be auto-updated and already runs inside the Chromium sandbox."
The move by Google mirrors what Mozilla has been doing with Firefox. Mozilla started to check Adobe Flash Player plug-ins in fall 2009, and now checks a number of other plug-ins as well. If the plug-ins are out of date, they are blocked from loading. In addition, Mozilla created a page that users can surf to that will check the security of their plug-ins regardless of what browser they are using.