Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Google Chrome for Windows gets more secure Flash player

If you are user of Chrome on Windows, and use flash player, I have some good news for you. In the latest update, Flash Player is now being placed in a sand box, much like web pages/tabs are.

This sandbox is "as strong" as Chrome's extremely robust native version -- even in Windows XP, which means flash malware attacks *should* not hurt users of supported versions of Windows. Securing the Flash Player plug-in is the result of two years of work, and was made possible by a new plug-in architecture Google co-developed with Adobe. In addition to the security benefits, the architecture has also brought performance improvements by way of a 20 percent decrease in Flash crashes and GPU acceleration for smoother scrolling and faster Flash rendering.

If you are on Linux, Chrome 20 already put flash into a sandbox for you, that might have flown under the radar for most Linux users.

If you are a user of Mac, sand boxing is coming, according the Chrome blog. As always, let me know of your thoughts below.

Source: Google Chrome Blog

Also, I happened to take a screenshot for a different reason showing the update in my XP task manager. It took 100% of my CPU, but most of it was because I have a single core Celeron M 380 processor (my machine is a bit old at 6 years of age)