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Google Chrome warning as XP SP2 update arrives

Critical flaw identified in new Google browser

Google is already busy patching its new Chrome browser. A Vietnamese security company has reported a critical vulnerability in the so-called Firefox-killer, but Google has released a fix for it, along with at least one other problem.

The first problem - a buffer overflow - is one of several vulnerabilities found in Chrome since Google released the browser last week. Bach Koa Internetwork Security (Bkis), which is based at the Hanoi Institute of Technology, said the buffer overflow occurs if a user saves a web page containing an overly long 'title' tag. The problem affects those running Chrome version 0.2.149.27 on Windows XP SP2 PCs.

Google says those using Chrome version 0.2.149.27 should upgrade to the latest version of the browser. Chrome updates are accessible via the wrench icon in the upper right hand corner of the browser, and under 'About Google Chrome'.

Chrome users have also been warned about a 'carpet bombing' flaw. Researcher Aviv Raff said last week that Chrome used of an outdated version of the WebKit web browser engine, and was therefore open to attack as Windows users could inadvertently download a potentially dangerous JAR (Java archive) and execute it without warning.

Google said today that the flaw has also been fixed.

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