Google Doles Out Over $26K for Chrome 15 Security Flaws
Google Oct. 25 paid out over $26,000 to security researchers who found 18 flaws in Chrome 15, including several high-risk issues. Chrome 15 includes a new New Tab page, too.Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) launched its latest Chrome 15 browser to the stable channel and shelled out $26,511 for 18 security flaw discoveries, shattering the previous payout record of $17,000 set in August.
Chrome 15, available for the stable channels of Windows, Mac, Linux and Chrome Frame, offers users more than bug fixes. It also includes an overhauled New Tab page that aims to make it easier for users to access and organize apps in different sections on the Web page. Chrome Web Apps and extensions are housed in a wall of images that's updated every time a user visits the Webstore, giving the store a fresh feel for repeat visitors. Users need only hover over the apps and extensions images and click "add to Chrome" to install them. When users click on an app, extension or theme, they will see a panel featuring screenshots, videos and other relevant information in separate tabs. The store also includes a brand new reviews interface that links to the Google+ profile of each reviewer. These changes are all designed to make Chrome Webstore a place that users of Chromebooks or just Chrome apps want to return to again and again for games, productivity tools and other programs. Google is counting on Chrome apps to drive adoption of notebooks based on its Chrome Operating System.