Google has released the new major version 101 of its Chrome browser. In it, the developers have closed 30 security gaps.
On April 26, Google updated its Chrome browser to version 101. The desktop version 101.0.4951.41 is available for Windows, macOS and Linux. In the Chrome Release Blog, PrudhviKumar Bommana lists the 25 fixed vulnerabilities that were discovered by external researchers and reported to Google. There are no 0-day gaps underneath. However, the last update for Chrome 100 on April 14 fixed a vulnerability that is already being used for attacks.
Google classifies seven of the 25 externally discovered vulnerabilities as high risk. These include several use-after-free vulnerabilities in various browser components, such as the Vulkan and Angle graphics libraries. Another 14 gaps are considered medium risk. Google has so far awarded $82,000 in awards to outside researchers, but the amount of the award has not yet been determined for several gaps. As always, Google has not published any details about the internally found security gaps. As a rule, Chrome updates itself automatically when a new version is available.
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Other Chromium-based browsers
The manufacturers of other Chromium-based browsers are now being asked to follow suit with appropriate updates. After all, Brave, Microsoft (Edge), Vivaldi and also Opera are already on the security level of the last update for Chrome 100.
Chrome 101.0.4951.41 for Android and Chrome 101.0.4951.44 for iOS have also been released. Google will release Chrome 102 on May 24th.
Chromium-based browsers at a glance: