Google has released its Chrome browser in the new major version 104. The developers have closed 27 vulnerabilities in the browser. Google Lens is coming to the desktop.
With Chrome 104.0.5112.79/80/81 for Windows (104.0.5112.79 for macOS and Linux), Google brings its web browser into the 104 generation. In the new main version, the developers have eliminated 27 vulnerabilities. The Google Lens tool known from Android is now integrated into Chrome for the desktop. The integrated PDF viewer now offers a presentation mode.
In the Chrome Release Blog, Srinivas Sista lists the 22 of the 27 fixed vulnerabilities that were discovered by external researchers and reported to Google. A 0-day gap is not included. Google classifies seven of the externally reported vulnerabilities as high risk. All but one are use-after-free vulnerabilities in various browser components, such as Omnibox and Safe Browsing. The remaining gaps are considered medium risk.
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So far, Google has awarded the outside researchers $89,000 in awards. 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. With
About Google Chrome”
you can trigger the update check manually.
New in Chrome 104
One of the new features in Chrome 104 is the integration of Google Lens. You can now use the tool for searching in images, which has been known from Android for some time, in the desktop browser, for example to identify image content or to search for similar images. To do this, right-click on an image and select “Send image to Google Lens”. Chrome displays the results in the sidebar.
Most browsers can now display PDF documents on the web without a plug-in. Chrome 104 now also offers a presentation mode in which PDF files are displayed in a full-screen view. To activate this, after opening a PDF file, click on the three-dot menu in the top right (“More Actions”) and select “Present”.
Other Chromium-based browsers
The manufacturers of other Chromium-based browsers are now being asked to follow suit with appropriate updates. Microsoft Edge 103.0.1264.77, Brave 1.41.100 and Opera 89.0.4447.71 are based on the current Chromium version 103.0.5060.134. Vivaldi 5.3.2679.70 still has Chromium 102.0.5005.167 (Extended Stable Channel). At least the most important gaps have been closed in this. Vivaldi 5.4 will be based on Chromium 104 and will be released in the near future.
Chrome 104.0.5112.69 for Android and Chrome 104.0.5112.71 for iOS have also been released. Google will release Chrome 105 on August 30th.
Chromium-based browsers at a glance: