Monday, January 25, 2010

Stable Channel Update

The stable channel has been updated to for Windows, and includes the following features and security fixes (since 3.0):
  • Extensions
  • Bookmark sync
  • Enhanced developer tools
  • HTML5: Notifications, Web Database, Local Storage, WebSockets, Ruby support
  • v8 performance improvements
  • Skia performance improvements
  • Full ACID3 pass, due to re-enabled remote font support (with added defense against bugs in operating system font libraries)
  • HTTP byte range support
  • New security feature: "Strict Transport Security" support
  • Experimental new anti-reflected-XSS feature called "XSS Auditor"
Security Fixes:

Please see the Chromium security page for more detail. Note that the referenced bugs may be kept private until a majority of our users are up to date with the fix.
  • [3275] Low Pop-up blocker bypass. Credit to Google Chrome Security Team (SkyLined).
  • [9877] Medium Cross-domain theft due to CSS design error. Credit to Chris Evans of the Google Security Team.
  • [12523] Medium Browser memory error with stale pop-up block menu. Credit to Jacob Balle and Carsten Eiram, Secunia Research.
  • [20450] Low Prevent XHR to directories. Credit to the Chromium development community.
  • [23693] Low Escape more characters in shortcuts. Credit to Michal Zalewski of the Google Security Team and, independently, Inferno of
  • [8864] [24701] [24646] High Renderer memory errors drawing on canvases. Credit to Michal Zalewski of the Google Security Team and Google Chrome Security Team (SkyLined).
  • [28566] High Image decoding memory error. Credit to Robert Swiecki of the Google Security Team.
  • [29920] Low Corner case failure to strip Referer. Credit to the Chromium development community.
  • [30660] High Cross-domain access error. Credit to Tokuji Akamine, Senior Consultant at Symantec Consulting Services.
  • [31307] High Bitmap deserialization error. Credit to Mark Dowd, under contract to Google Chrome Security Team.
  • [31517] Low Browser crash with nested URL.
Anthony Laforge
Google Chrome Program Manager



Blogger Kurtextrem said...

these security fixes includet in dev version 4.0.302.2 allready, or?

8:20 AM, January 25, 2010  
Blogger Cris said...

with google chrome I download files very slowly.

When do you solve this problem?

8:23 AM, January 25, 2010  
Blogger Evan said...

Do the bookmarks sync to

8:47 AM, January 25, 2010  
Blogger Maite said...

With this version, I can´t see files that use Windows Media Player.

Windows Media Player don´t work with this version of Google Chrome

8:51 AM, January 25, 2010  
Blogger Maite said...

for example, in this web, doesn´t work Windows Media Player:

9:03 AM, January 25, 2010  
Blogger Sling said...

>>> for example, in this web, doesn´t work Windows Media Player:

I just open this page, confirm plugin download, install it and all works fine

9:34 AM, January 25, 2010  
Blogger Maite said...

excuse me SLING, but What plugin?. Wht´s the name of the plugin for W.M.P?

9:43 AM, January 25, 2010  
Blogger Sling said...

I don`t notice what was the exact name, but I was surprised that there was FireFox in name

9:46 AM, January 25, 2010  
Blogger Maite said...

ok, I don´t write in English, excuse me.

I dont´know what´s the plugin that I need for see file in WMP. What´s the plugin?

9:49 AM, January 25, 2010  
Blogger yurkennis said...

How can I prevent Chrome from updating to this version in the next restart?

Until is fixed, 4.x stable performs definitely worse for me compared to the latest 3.x stable.

9:49 AM, January 25, 2010  
Blogger Leon said...

Oh my :) Please, please, please do not fix the windows media player plug-in compatibility. It was something I've been trying to disable for weeks. Thanks for the unexpected (or expected?) bonus.

10:40 AM, January 25, 2010  
Blogger Jug said...

Wow! Congrats, Google Chrome Team! :)

11:35 AM, January 25, 2010  
Blogger Sim said...

Why it is as dev version?

1:00 PM, January 25, 2010  
Blogger Maite said...

plugin for Windows Media Player:

1:00 PM, January 25, 2010  
Blogger Vivek P.Netha said...

Stable channel releases really ought to be feature-consistent with other chrome versions (Linux and Mac). And be released at the same time.

1:02 PM, January 25, 2010  
Blogger Michael Hayes said...

Can't display Slashdot. Wow.

1:09 PM, January 25, 2010  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I get an error on my Gmail inbox and when I try to compose a message it hangs.

I read on the Gmail help page under known issues that the error message does occur, but not that it is impossible to compose a message.

Why is the help page telling me that instead of the stable version of a secure, stable, fast, competent web browser, I should try an older version or a different browser?

Fix quickly please.

2:01 PM, January 25, 2010  
Blogger Jug said...

Evan: No, it syncs your bookmarks to Google Docs, not Google Bookmarks. They can be seen if you log in to that service.

2:37 PM, January 25, 2010  
Blogger Patrik said...

facebook chat is downloading mp3 sound after every new message popup. very annoying please fix it.

2:49 PM, January 25, 2010  
Blogger XDRAGON360 said...

Why is the stable version so close to the dev channel version? Dev seems a bit slow to be upgraded now...

3:26 PM, January 25, 2010  
Blogger Fabio Turati said...

"v8 performance improvements"
I'd like to get more details about this. I ran a Sunspider benchmark before updating. I got 577.6 ms with 3.0, and 616.6 ms with 4.0. Not that I care about it, but this isn't an improvement, it actually got worse.
Do I have to run your own Javascript benchmark to see the improvement?
Anyway, now that I've updated, I can't make other comparisons...

For the record, I'm using a Q6600 @ 2.4 GHz, 2 GB RAM on Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit.

I can provide the links to the 2 tests if you want.

4:00 PM, January 25, 2010  
Blogger w8sdz said...

Suggestion: Please add the stable version number below the Download Google Chrome button on

Most downloaders would find this information very useful if they want to know that it is newer than the Stable version they have on their PC.

2:27 AM, January 26, 2010  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Boockmark sync released to stable without google apps support. WTF!

2:45 AM, January 26, 2010  
Blogger Unregistered said...

Meh. No Youtube and Veoh download support. Still a distant second to Firefox.

4:44 AM, January 26, 2010  
Blogger XDRAGON360 said...

At least Chrome is improving...

5:33 AM, January 26, 2010  
Blogger ROCKY-TIGER said...


6:59 AM, January 26, 2010  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If anyone read about my issue, it can be fixed simply by deleting the old cookies from your old version of Chrome.

Wrench -> "Options" -> "Personal Stuff" -> "Clear browsing data"

8:03 AM, January 26, 2010  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My Google Sidewiki for Chrome (bookmarklet) doesn't work anymore in 4.0 version!

Win Vis 32

8:22 AM, January 26, 2010  
Blogger Random said...

About windows says it's "dev"

32bit Windows 7

8:44 AM, January 26, 2010  
Blogger WebCommenter said...

Huh, Google really tries to sell everything under name the "HTML5".
Notifications has nothing to do with HTML5.
And actually WebSockets is also a separate draft, and so is Web Database (well, actually there is nothing called "Web Database")

9:09 AM, January 26, 2010  
Blogger XDRAGON360 said...

@Random, did you install the dev channel? What version is it?

11:57 AM, January 26, 2010  
Blogger tr said...

Open popups in a new tab is already a feature?

12:41 PM, January 26, 2010  
Blogger Jim said...

Why was "clear browsing data" moved? I clear after every browsing session.

7:21 PM, January 26, 2010  
Blogger 8ball said...

I lose Extension settings after cleaning history and cache.
this shouldn't happen!!, there is no reason for me to reset ext. settings.

9:29 PM, January 26, 2010  
Blogger johnny said...

Firefox and IE are able to update automatically when a computer is connected to internet VIA Proxy. But Chrome can not be updated unless there is a direct connection to the internet.. Chrome Team, Please work on this, there are a hell lot of chrome users connected to internet through proxy.

9:56 PM, January 26, 2010  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Overall, Google Chrome development team have made a great mistakes in their newly launch browser. Some of the essentials element is completely omitted from the menu and the performance rendering is reduced significantly. Moreover, one of the most frustration things is that the extension application is not perform efficiently as what the Mozilla Firefox did and this could directly hurts the Google Chrome supporter. Hence, by comparing the features as well as capabilities, Mozilla Firefox was significantly perform better than Google Chrome in terms of compatibility as well as user friendliness.

1:47 AM, January 27, 2010  
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2:49 AM, January 27, 2010  
Blogger Pele said...

the Google Team are doing GREAT !!! people need to realise that you have to learn to walk before you can learn to run, of course this knowledge comes with age.

The Chrome Team are specifically focused on speed and security!!!

they have to make mistakes to make improvements.

Each mistake or error or bug and so on results in great achievements and improvements...

Google Chrome will eventually be the leading web browser well above IE and FF.. Why ? because it is behind and learning from IE and FF browsers flaws - Simple.

3:16 AM, January 27, 2010  
Blogger Patrik said...

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5:03 AM, January 27, 2010  
Blogger Patrik said...

Well, actually what is more important - speed, or less functionally serious bugs? I would prefer browser which is maybe slower by a few millisecons but it's functional. However Chrome is doing well compared to IE, Safari etc.

5:05 AM, January 27, 2010  
Blogger M I K O S said...

Just a question...

After Chrome updated today, its version now says: unknown (36714)

Is this normal?

5:15 AM, January 27, 2010  
Blogger XDRAGON360 said...

Actually, to make Google Chrome faster, open the Task Manager (Windows version) and just set the priority to high.

6:11 AM, January 27, 2010  
Blogger Hakimy said...

MIKOS,I noticed the same thing and I don't know what that means.anyone can clarify on this?

6:34 AM, January 27, 2010  
Blogger gcstang said...

How can we get 3.x back 4.x does not work with my GWT application, it seems to cache it and wont' reload the main page. Only way around it is to delete the cache every time which is thoroughly annoying.

7:43 AM, January 27, 2010  
Blogger screwthepap said...

I got the 'unknown' anomaly in the About screen too.

Pic is worth many words:

10:27 AM, January 27, 2010  
Blogger Chris said...

@Kurtextrem: yes, these fixes should also be in the 4.0.302.2 dev channel version.

4:04 PM, January 27, 2010  
Blogger Diego said...

Is there an official version of Chrome 64bits?

5:16 PM, January 27, 2010  
Blogger Blewby said...

With this new version I lost the ability to "Print Selection". The circle is gray'd out and can not be selected. Please fix this as it was in previous versions. (Epson printer)

7:02 PM, January 27, 2010  
Blogger Asikin said...

On version 4, where is the menu (on version 3) for delete temporary internet, delete cookies, delete history ? And where is the location of temporary internet ?

4:57 AM, January 28, 2010  
Blogger Kunal A. Desai said...

I recently switched from firefox to chrome.
It's indeed faster.
Thank's for the info. InvestingMantra

7:47 AM, January 28, 2010  
Blogger XDRAGON360 said...

I don't remember having to choose a 64 bit version for my chrome download.

3:37 PM, January 28, 2010  
Blogger SES said...

So "Stable" & "Beta" versions are at the same level now? Does that mean we're going to have to do some channel changing when they diverge again?

3:52 PM, January 28, 2010  
Blogger XDRAGON360 said...

I thought beta was a different version...

5:42 PM, January 28, 2010  
Blogger SES said...

Normally it is but both versions are at right now. That's why I asked!

7:46 PM, January 28, 2010  
Blogger Dave said...

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9:31 PM, January 28, 2010  
Blogger Dave said...

Just wondering... Has Chrome always rendered the picture incorrectly on Acid 3 or is it just my computer? All I get is the box saying ACID 3 and 100/100 but there are no colors...
Ok, Just tried it again... It sometimes works but sometimes doesn't.

9:33 PM, January 28, 2010  
Blogger Viet said...

Any new update for Linux?

10:17 PM, January 28, 2010  
Blogger Eric said...

The very relevant question should be answered that was asked at least twice, why was the "Clear browsing data" removed from the tools menu?

You guys trying to emulate IE with this step backwards?

6:09 AM, January 29, 2010  
Blogger Hakimy said...

Eric,what are you taking about? I still have that option.under "personal stuff" in "browsing data".

6:21 AM, January 29, 2010  
Blogger Mottu Suchi said...

css3 font-face src: url is not working on this site.....

please help me...

@font-face {
font-family: Meera;
src: url("new09/Meera_04-2.ttf");

6:35 AM, January 29, 2010  
Blogger wpdunn said...

Since I did this update Shock wave flash is crashing all the time! no pandora no Youtube! All works fine in IE. Please fix this issue!

4:11 PM, January 29, 2010  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Opens the Clear Browsing Data dialog.

The option for this is missing in my Tools section also.

7:16 PM, January 29, 2010  
Blogger araon said...

Very nice - easy to follow, simple, and working. Thanks for the knowledge!
Pay per click

1:21 AM, January 30, 2010  
Blogger SES said...

@gcstang: what if you append ?nocache to your URL? Does that work/help?

@everyone that's looking for "Clear browsing data:" Have you looked under Tools, Options, "Personal Stuff" tab, "Browsing data:" section, "Clear browsing data" button? @Eric: Maybe they're *NOT* emulating IE by *NOT* making the same thing available in several different places!

@wpdunn: I've been using this version since it entered beta & have had no problems whatsoever with Flash. Have you tried all the usual things, like clearing cache, etc? Perhaps it scrambled along the way...

10:16 AM, January 30, 2010  
Blogger gcstang said...

@SES unfortunately no still no luck even with ?nocache, still works great in 3 though so something must have changed.

10:32 AM, January 30, 2010  
Blogger dennis said...

Uggh. gmail and other (mainly google sites) now hang or are extremely slow.

6:51 PM, January 31, 2010  
Blogger Åsa K said...

I have used the Embed Gadget (Insert >> More Gadgets >> Featured) to display movies from YouTube in a bigger size in my site created with Google Sites. It worked very well in Google Chrome 3, and also works in Firefox 3 and IE 7-8, but the movies does not display in Google Chrome

For an example, see

2:01 AM, February 01, 2010  
Blogger dennis said...

Very sad. I now am back to using IE8 since this version of Chrome is completely broken on my system.

6:41 AM, February 01, 2010  
Blogger Grant said...

Finally...rounded corners that dont look like my dog has chewed on them for a week. Cheers guys, good timing

6:54 AM, February 01, 2010  
Blogger gcstang said...

Find Bugs get a Bounty

9:02 AM, February 01, 2010  
Blogger SES said...

Maybe they pushed this version from beta to stable so fast because of all the security fixes included...

10:36 AM, February 01, 2010  
Blogger gcstang said...

It's secure now since we can't use it.

11:04 AM, February 01, 2010  
Blogger Fabio Turati said...

@Åsa K: I can reproduce the bug you described. Have you already filed a report?

12:25 PM, February 01, 2010  
Blogger Åsa K said...

Yes, I reported it at and I hve seen that it is also reported at

2:19 PM, February 01, 2010  
Blogger Gman said...

when will mac users get there stable first chrome... google seems to be biased towards windows... forgetting about linux and mac...

12:04 PM, February 04, 2010  
Blogger bongobongo said...

This version have some serious issues:

One customer's page started loading insanely slow after installing this version:

Here is a link to my bugreport:

Hope someone can follow this up ASAP!

5:39 AM, February 10, 2010  
Blogger StrifeJester said...

I noticed it mentioned ACID3 passing but a clean install at home with all settings at default fails and makes it only to 92 on mine.

8:42 AM, February 10, 2010  

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