Google Chrome uses old security-lax version of WebKit, may come to Android

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google_chrome.pngGoogle Chrome‘s launch has been marred by an embarrassing security vulnerability, thanks to Google using an outdated version of WebKit which could be used by hackers to run malicious code directly in Windows without the user knowing.

It’s highly likely that Google will issue a patch for the problem very shortly, by updating the version of WebKit just as Apple did for its Safari browser. However, it’s not a great start for a browser that has been touted for its security features.

Meanwhile, Google co-founder Sergey Brin expects that Chrome will be made available for the Android platform, despite the fact that the two bits of software were developed quite separately.

(Via ZDNet and CNet)

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Andy Merrett