Google has released the new major version 102 of its Chrome browser. In it, the developers have closed 32 security gaps.
With Chrome 102.0.5005.61 for Windows, macOS and Linux, Google has released the first “stable” release of the new version 102 branch. Windows users usually receive version 102.0.5005.63 with the update. Chrome 102 is also already available for iOS and Android. Chrome 102 does not offer any significant innovations from the user’s point of view, but many weak points have been eliminated.
In the Chrome Release Blog, Srinivas Sista lists the 24 of the 32 fixed vulnerabilities that were discovered by external researchers and reported to Google. There are no 0-day gaps underneath. Google classifies one of these vulnerabilities (CVE-2022-1853) as critical. This is a use-after-free vulnerability in Indexed DB. Google identifies another eight of the externally discovered vulnerabilities as high risk. These are primarily use-after-free vulnerabilities in various browser components.
Google has so far awarded $65,500 in awards to the 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. Almost simultaneously with Google, Brave updated its browser to version 1.39.111, which is already based on Chromium 102.0.5005.61. After all, Microsoft (Edge), Vivaldi and Opera are already at the security level before the update to Chrome 102.
Vivaldi 5.2 is still based on Chromium 100, but uses a newer, more secure (“extended stable”) version as the browser basis. Thus, Vivaldi is on the same security level as Edge and Opera. Vivaldi 5.3 based on Chromium 102 is in the works and could be released by the end of May.
Chrome 102.0.5005.58 for Android and Chrome 102.0.5005.67 for iOS are already shipping. On June 21, Google plans to release Chrome 103 as scheduled.
Chromium-based browsers at a glance: