Wednesday, August 8, 2012

[G] An even more secure Flash Player for our Windows users

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Google Chrome Blog: An even more secure Flash Player for our Windows users

One of the great things about the web is that you can hop from page to page watching videos, playing games, or checking email without installing additional software that may pose a security risk to your computer. On the Chrome team, we’ve made it our mission to build a browser that helps protect you every step of the way, defending against pages that try to install malware or steal information without your knowledge.

Some of the most important things keeping you safe in Chrome are Safe Browsing, auto-updates, and sandboxing. Our goal is to improve each of these features, staying ahead of the bad guys to help keep you safe online.

With last week’s Chrome Stable update, we took a major step forward in security by bringing an even deeper level of sandbox protection to Adobe Flash Player on Windows. Since 2010, we’ve been working with Adobe to sandbox the Flash Player plug-in to protect users against common malware. Now, thanks to a new plug-in architecture, Flash on Windows is inside a sandbox that’s as strong as Chrome’s native sandbox, and dramatically more robust than anything else available. And for the first time ever, Windows XP users have a sandboxed Flash, making them much safer online.

Chrome OS has had this deeper Flash sandboxing from the beginning, Linux has had it since Chrome’s last stable release, and Mac support is on the way. Ultimately, this means a safer experience for you as you browse the web. We take the security of Chrome extremely seriously, so we’re excited to be delivering these enhanced protections, and we’ve enjoyed collaborating with Adobe on this effort.

Posted by Viet-Trung Luu, Software Engineer and Protector of the Realm Interwebz

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