Google published updates for the company’s Chrome web browser on May 24, 2022. Desktop version updates address security issues in the web browser.
The Chrome Team is excited to announce the promotion of Chrome 102 to the Stable Channel for Windows (102.0.5005.61/62/63), 102.0.5005.61 for Mac and Linux. Chrome 102 is also promoted in our new extended stable channel for Windows and Mac. This will take place in the coming days/weeks.
Chrome 102 for desktop systems and mobile systems is already available. Google rolls out updates over time to the general population. Desktop users who use Chrome can speed up the update installation to fix security issues sooner.
Select Menu > Help > About Chrome to view the browser version installed. Chrome runs an update check when the page is opened; it should grab the new version and install it automatically.
Chrome updates on Android rely on Google Play, which means there is no option to speed up the upgrade on Android.
Google makes no mention of fixing security issues in the Android and iOS versions of the web browser.
Chrome 102: Security fixes
Google Chrome 102 is available in Stable Channel Build and Extended Stable Channel Build. Stable releases are updated every 4 weeks, extended stable releases every 8 weeks.
The update includes a total of 32 security patches. One problem has the highest severity rating of critical, several others a high rating. The critical security issue is described as “Use after release in indexed database” and filed under CVE-2022-1853.
Google makes no mention of attacks in the wild. Chrome users should quickly upgrade to the latest version to protect their browsers from potential attacks targeting new vulnerabilities
Chrome 102: improvements and features
Google lists 12 features that have been added, removed, or improved in Chrome 102 on the Chrome Status website. Most of the changes are of interest only to developers.
- Add data backup client hint
- Calling PaymentRequest.show without user activation
- Catch Handle
- File Management
- HTTP->HTTPS redirect for HTTPS DNS records
- Navigation API
- Original private filesystem extension: AccessHandle
- Secure Payment Confirmation API V3
- WebHID exclusionFilters option in requestDevice()
- [WebRTC] Give up and delete plan B
- inert attribute
Descriptions of the changes are available on the Chrome Status website.
Now you: do you use chrome? When do you update your browsers?