As usual Chrome 50 contains a number of fixes and improvements, but the biggest change in this latest version is the end of support for Windows XP, Windows Vista, and OS X 10.8 or older operating systems.

Bugs in the Universal XSS, Pdfium JPEG2000 decoding, and out-of-bound writes in V8 have been solved by external researchers claiming rewards which add up to $32K+. Internally, Google has secured fixes from internal audits, fuzzing and other initiatives.

Speed

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Simplicity

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Security

Chrome is designed to keep you safer and more secure on the web with built-in malware and phishing protection, autoupdates to make sure the browser is up-to-date with the latest security updates, and more. Learn more about Chrome's security features.

And more features

Chrome has many useful features built in, including extensions, translation in the browser, themes, and more. Learn more about Chrome's newest and most-loved features.

What's New:

The stable channel has been updated to 50.0.2661.94 for Windows, Mac, and Linux.

Security Fixes and Rewards

Note: Access to bug details and links may be kept restricted until a majority of users are updated with a fix. We will also retain restrictions if the bug exists in a third party library that other projects similarly depend on, but haven’t yet fixed.

This update includes 9 security fixes. Below, we highlight fixes that were contributed by external researchers. Please see the Chromium security page for more information.

  • [$3000][574802] High CVE-2016-1660: Out-of-bounds write in Blink. Credit to Atte Kettunen of OUSPG.
  • [$3000][601629] High CVE-2016-1661: Memory corruption in cross-process frames. Credit to Wadih Matah.
  • [$3000][603732] High CVE-2016-1662: Use-after-free in extensions. Credit to Rob Wu.
  • [$3000][603987] High CVE-2016-1663: Use-after-free in Blink’s V8 bindings. Credit to anonymous.
  • [$1000][597322] Medium CVE-2016-1664: Address bar spoofing. Credit to Wadih Matah.
  • [$1000][606181] Medium CVE-2016-1665: Information leak in V8. Credit to gksgudtjr456.

We would also like to thank all security researchers that worked with us during the development cycle to prevent security bugs from ever reaching the stable channel.

As usual, our ongoing internal security work was responsible for a wide range of fixes:

  • [607652] CVE-2015-1666: Various fixes from internal audits, fuzzing and other initiatives.

Many of our security bugs are detected using AddressSanitizer, MemorySanitizer, Control Flow Integrity or LibFuzzer.