Chrome 51: Latest version of Chrome web browser released

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Chrome 51, the latest version of Google’s web browser has just been released for GNU/Linux, Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows.

The new version patches a series of security vulnerabilities that had been discovered by various researches during its development and also comes with some new features.

The first new feature is the implementation of a new API called Credential Manager that is an improved version of the password manager and allows websites to interact directly with it as well as services such as Google Smart Lock and therefore offers users an improved website login experience.

The new version of Chrome also has technology that claims it will reduce power usage by 30% when displaying websites that contain various social widgets and embedded streams which eat a lot of resources by reducing the overhead off screen rendering.

There have been 42 security fixes for various technical issues including out of bounds read in PDFium, cross-origin bypasses in the Blink engine and extension bindings, as a well as a heap overflow and type confusion in the V8 JavaScript Engine.

Several out of bounds read and access issues have been fixed and an information leak that affected Chrome extensions has also been patched.

Google Chrome 51.0.2704.63, to give it its full name, will update automatically for Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X and GNU/Linux users but you can update your Chrome installation manually via the built in updater. You will need to restart your browser for it to complete the update.

Chrome 51 will soon be available on Android and Chrome OS.

 

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