Google Chrome 98 Stable Update fixes 27 security issues

Yesterday, Google officially released the stable version of Chrome 98 to the public. This is in line with Google’s four-week release schedule for stable updates. The previous Chrome 97 brought the controversial Keyboard API. Browsers like Firefox and Safari announced that they will not support the API. To check the installed version on Chrome, go to Menu > Help > About Google Chrome. This is only for Chrome users who are using the stable version. When the update page opens, the browser will display the active version and run a check for updates.

Chrome 98

Once it detects the new update, the new version will commence downloads and automatically install. According to Google, Chrome 98 fixes 27 individual security issues. Interestingly, all these vulnerabilities have high severity ratings. The high rating is only second to a critical rating. This means that users need to update as soon as possible. Click here for the full list of security updates.

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Chrome 98 Stable Version

The Chrome 98 appears to be a vulnerability fix update as it does not come with many new features. This system comes with only 10 features many of which will be only relevant to developers. This system also does not support SDES key exchange mechanisms from WebRTC. This “exposes session keys to JavaScript…”. It also allows attackers to “decrypt the media sent over the connection”. Furthermore, this new Chrome 98 update is the first browser to implement COLRv1 Color Gradient Vector Fonts.

COLRv1 will allow smaller emoji files, reaching a size where it also becomes feasible to use this type of color vector font as an emoji font format on the web.

Apple has since listed the only thing it liked and ten things it does not appreciate with the new addition. Furthermore, Apple’s Safari browser will not implement it.

Chrome 98 Developer Tools changes

Here is a quick overview of what is new in Chrome’s Developer Tools:

  • Preview feature: Full-page accessibility tree (Elements > Accessibility > Enable full page accessibility tree).
  • Code changes in the changes tab are “pretty printed” now.
  • Adjust the timeout settings in the Recorder for a step or all steps.
  • Simulate back and forward cache functionality (Application > Back-forward Cache).
  • New Properties pane filter.
  • Emulate CSS forced-colors media feature.
  • Show rulers on hover (Settings > Show rulers).
  • Support for row-reverse and column-reverse.
  • Replay XHR with keyboard shortcut r.
  • Keyboard shortcut to expand all search results
    • Windows / Linux – Ctrl + Shift + { or }
    • MacOS – Cmd + Options + { or }
  • Lighthouse 9 is now used.
  • Sources panel stability improvements.
  • Experimental Reporting API implemented (Settings > Experiment).
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You find additional details on the Developer Chrome website.

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