Chrome 90 has already been released and these are its news

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Google has presented the launch of the new version of your web browser “Chrome 90” which, as in all previous releases, is launched in parallel with Chromium, which is the base of Chrome.

In addition to the innovations and bug fixes that are presented, in this new version 37 vulnerabilities are eliminated, of which no critical issues have been identified that allow bypassing all levels of browser protection and executing code on the system outside of the sandbox environment.

Main new features of Chrome 90

In this new version of Chrome 90 for all users the opening of sites through HTTPS is introduced when typing host names in the address bar. For example, if you enter example.com, the default will be https://example.com and if you have trouble opening it, it will revert to http://example.com.

While for some users, it has been activated a new configuration section ¬ęChrome Settings> Privacy and security> Privacy Sandbox¬ę, Which allows you to manage the parameters of the FLoC API, aimed at determining the user’s interest category without individual identification and without being linked to the history of visits to specific sites.

Another important change that occurs in Chrome 90 is the ability to assign different labels to windows to visually separate them on the desktop panel. Window renaming support will simplify work organization when using separate browser windows for different tasks, for example, when opening separate windows for work tasks, personal interests, entertainment, delayed content, etc.

On the other hand, we can also find that added ability to hide “Reading List” without having to change the settings in the browser. To hide it, you can now use the “Show Reading List” option at the bottom of the context menu that is displayed when you right-click on the bookmarks bar.

It is also highlighted that added support for network fragmentation to protect against methods that track movements of users between sites based on the storage of identifiers in areas not intended for permanent storage of information (“Supercookies”).

The protection is based on the use of network partitions, the essence of which is to add to the shared caches an additional link of records to the domain from which the main page is opened, limiting the scope of the cache for tracking scripts. move to current site only (an iframe script cannot check if the resource was loaded from another site). The cost of fragmentation comes down to the efficiency of caching,

What’s more, added a blacklist of network ports for which the sending of HTTP, HTTPS and FTP requests is blocked to protect against NAT slipstreaming attacks, which allows, when opening a specially prepared web page in a browser by an attacker, to establish a connection from the attacker’s server to any UDP or TCP port on the user’s system despite the use of the internal address range.

Of the other changes that stand out:

  • Added initial support for opening PDF documents with XFA forms in the browser.
  • Provided the result of a more understandable notification with a list of allowed actions, displayed when a user connects to a profile for which centralized control is enabled.
  • Added support for Intel CET (Intel Control-flow Enforcement Technology) extensions for protecting hardware against vulnerabilities created using return-oriented programming (ROP) techniques.
  • Work continued on translating the browser to use inclusive terminology
  • An AV1 video encoder was added, specially optimized for use in video conferencing based on the WebRTC protocol.

How to update or install Google Chrome in Ubuntu and derivatives?

For those who are interested in being able to update to the new version of the browser on their systems, they can do so by following the instructions that we share below.

The first thing you should do is check if the update is already availableTo do this you have to go to chrome: // settings / help and the notification that there is an update will appear.

In case it is not so you must close your browser and open a terminal and type:

sudo apt update

sudo apt upgrade 

You open your browser again and it must have already been updated or the update notification will appear.

In case you want to install the browser or choose to download the deb package to update, we must go to the web page of the browser to obtain the deb package and to be able to install it in our system with the help of the package manager or from the terminal. The link is this.

Once the package is obtained, we only have to install with the following command:

sudo dpkg -i google-chrome-stable_current_amd64.deb

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