I read a piece of news about the security issue of the new Google Browser Chrome from ComputerWorld.

The Google Browser is an open source project, and many of the components it was built on use open source software. One of them is the open-source rendering software called WebKit. This component was found to have a security flaw in its older version. It allows the attacker to maliciously trick web surfers into downloading a java (or other types of) executable file from a webpage. As the downloaded file appears, a button under the Chrome browser could be pressed by the user and hence run the program.

Since a java executable file will not warn the user before it runs, the user could accidentally trigger a malicious java program.

For details of this news, refer to this article:
http://www.cw.com.hk/article.php?id_article=2236

This security flaw has been identified previously with Safari, the browser from Apple. Apple patched the flaw last June.

To avoid the possible download of a malicious file, you can turn on the option to prompt the user for the file download path under Options Minor Tweaks Ask where to save each file before downloading.

In fact, other than this security issue, I always recommend using browsers under open source efforts such as Firefox, or now Chrome, because those browsers are built using program sources that are open to everyone. Then, security experts can always look at the program code details inside the program to uncover potential security flaws. This makes the software safer to use in the long run.

Tags: Google Chrome, Apple Safari, Google Chrome Security Issue, Google New Browser