Google Patches 11 Chrome Security Problems

Source: CNET

Google patched 11 vulnerabilities–three critical, seven high-risk, and one medium–in a new version of Chrome released Thursday.

All but one of the problems was in Chrome itself. The additional issue handled in Chrome 5.0.375.127 (Windows | Mac | Linux) is a workaround for a critical Windows kernel bug, according to a blog post Thursday by Jason Kersey of the Chrome team.

Chrome has an automated update process that periodically checks for updates, downloads new versions, and installs them when a person restarts the browser. For a quicker update, people can follow Google’s instructions to check for and install a Chrome update.

The critical Windows kernel bug and the two other critical problems each merited bounty payments of $1,337 for the discoverers. Although Google has added an “e-leet” payment option of $3,133.70 for very severe problems, it hasn’t awarded any bounties that high so far.

The program has been lucrative for Sergey Glazunov, whom Google credited for discovering two of the critical and two of the high vulnerabilities that were patched Thursday. Glazunov, who also won the first $1,337-level bounty, is the clear leader so far in the Chrome security hall of fame and has earned a total of $8,011 in the program.

Clarification at 8:45 a.m. PDT: The number of vulnerabilities was increased by one, based on an interpretation of a fix that was tied to two bugs.

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Yahoo Completes Search Engine Switch to Bing!

Source: CNET

A week after it began shifting to Bing for its search results, Yahoo says it has finished the transition–at least for its main search results in the U.S. and Canada.

The move comes more than a year after Microsoft and Yahoo reached a deal to partner on search. There is still plenty of work to do as the companies work to shift the more-complicated paid search part of the business and to continue the move internationally.

In a blog post, Yahoo noted that Bing is now powering Web, image, and video search for both desktop and mobile searches.

“The speed in which this was completed is a testament to the great work and partnership between a number of Yahoo and Microsoft employees, the ranks of which are numerous,” Yahoo senior vice president Shashi Seth said in a blog post. “With this week’s milestone behind us, Yahoo will continue to drive technology innovation in the search experience to bring more value to users and advertisers alike.”

Seth also said that Yahoo is working to figure out the new business model for its BOSS (build-your-own-search-service) program, one of several Yahoo search businesses that is being reworked or scrapped in the wake of the Bing shift.

The plan is to also move Yahoo to Bing for paid search this fall. However, both companies have said they are willing to postpone that until early next year if it seems the move would disrupt the all-important holiday season–a point that Microsoft search executive Satya Nadella reinforced Tuesday.

“We continue to work hard on the migration to AdCenter, and are optimistic about completing this phase later this fall,” Nadella said in a blog post of his own. “As we have said all along, our primary goal is to provide advertisers with a quality transition experience in 2010, while being mindful of the holiday season.”

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