Tag : Microsoft Edge

Windows 10 Vulnerability – Edge Browser users Safe

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The vulnerability is called Strontium, found in Windows code. Google stumbled across the flaw, and wrote a blog post in late October stating the affects on Adobe’s Flash media player. Google’s policy concerning such critical vulnerabilities is to publish them actively seven days after Google has reported them to the software’s creator.

According to Google, the flaw exists in the Windows kernel and can be used as a “security sandbox escape”. Sandboxes are use in software in order to stop malicious or malfunctioning programs from reaching or otherwise damaging other parts of the machine.

Microsoft has acknowledged the flaw, but also criticized Google for releasing it before a fix was available, stating to a member of VentureBeat,

“We believe in coordinated vulnerability disclosure, and today’s disclosure by Google puts customers at potential risk,” said a Microsoft spokesperson.  “Windows is the only platform with a customer commitment to investigate reported security issues and proactively update impacted devices as soon as possible.”

Microsoft Executive Vice President Terry Myerson, explained the vulnerability in more detail in his blog post on Tuesday. In order for the computer to be affected with the malware, it must first infiltrate Adobe;s Flash to gain control of the web browser. After which privileges are elevated in order to escape the browser’s sandbox. Finally the malware would be able to install a backdoor to provide access to the victim’s computer.

Those that are using Microsoft Edge browser are protected, as the browser prevents the installing of the backdoor. Everyone else is left to wait for the next available patch to solve the issue, which should be November 8th.

 


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An end to memory hogging with Chrome 55!

chromeChrome 55 is set for release on December 6th of this year, and promises to reduce the usage of memory for major websites such as Reddit. YouTube and the Times. Sites like these will consume 50 percent less RAM than in the most current version of Chrome. This change will occur due to the reduction of background memory consumption. Currently Chrome pre-loads websites in the background, but does not release the memory used once loading is complete.

Using a memory visualization tool, programmers working on the V8 JavaScript project discovered that “the background parser would keep an entire zone alive long after the code was already compiled,” according to a blog post. “By immediately freeing the zone after compilation, we reduced the lifetime of zones significantly which resulted in reduced average and peak memory usage.”

A year ago Google announced that coders had began streamline processes to clean up Chrome’s background loading, and had changed Chrome to identify when a website was no longer busy, using that time to clean unused memory. A few months later Microsoft announced that the Edge browser was more power-efficient than Chrome.

Seems as if Chrome isn’t afraid of a challenge. Chrome 55 release date is December 6th.

 


 

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