I hope you must have read my previous post on Google's Beta release of Chrome 11. Well, this post is an extension to it. Yesterday, Google declared its third major browser release for the year 2011 besides the releases of Chrome 9 and 10 in the beginning of this year.
Call it Google's nature, to bring new improvements and updations every now and then, this newly released browser has the capability of fixing minimum 26 security issues; amongst which 18 are tagged as high impact by Google. Surprising isn't it? Another big follows. Google has also paid $16, 500 to the security researchers as award for they reported the flaws. The amount paid by the Giant easily fit the pocket but is surely higher than what it paid as security vulnerabilities for Google Chrome 8 in January this year as security update.
Among the big flaws in version 11 of Chrome, there are minimum four stale pointer issues that could possibly lead to arbitrary code execution. These stale pointer errors were presented in handling floating project, PDF forms and height calculations. In addition to this, Google is also fixing up 3 use-after-free flaws of memory at least. The use-after-free memory flaws come to the front when when the memory that is allocated is not freed just after ending the whole process. This enables attacker to make use of the identical space for launching the attack. Chrome 11.0 patches up use-after-free problems using WebSockets, tag and CSS, and in handling of DOM id.
Another thing that Chrome 11 is capable of patching is Spoofing issue. This new browser also provides support for fixing minimum four issues pertaining to URL bar spoofs with interrupted loads and navigation errors. It seems that Chrome 11.0.696.57 will face much downloads than other browsers due to the features and functionality it offers.
Google Chrome 11 is not only about security updates, it also renders some new features to people using Google's browser. This new-flanged browser supports Speech Input API that allows voice interactions. The way in which this new voice capability is utilized is by combining it with Google Translate providing browser based translation service.
In this regard, Josh Estelle, a Software Engineer at Google wrote in one of the blogs, "If you’re translating from English, just click on the microphone on the bottom right of the input box, speak your text, and choose the language you want to translate to. In fact, you can even click on the "Listen" feature to hear the translated words spoken back to you!"