Chrome 100 with security updates released

Google released Chrome 100 Stable for all supported desktop operating systems on March 29, 2022. The new version is also available for the Extended Channel for Windows and Mac. The extended stable release ignores all odd releases.

Chrome 100 is a major release, but unspectacular as it does not introduce major changes to the web browser. The new version is already available. Chrome users can load chrome://settings/help to view the current version and download the new version if it hasn’t already been downloaded and installed. Select Menu > Help > About Google Chrome to open the same page.

Google Chrome 100 is primarily a security update release. The Chrome releases blog reveals that the release contains 28 security fixes, many of which were reported by third-party security researchers. The highest severity rating is high and none of the issues appear to be exploited in the wild currently, as Google usually mentions in the ad.

As for non-security related features, there aren’t many. Chrome 100 updates cookie string parsing by allowing cookie domain attributes to be set to empty strings. Until now, Chrome didn’t handle them as per specification.

There is also a new multi-monitor window placement API to better support multi-monitor devices. Google lists a number of use cases for the new features:

  • Slideshow application present on projector, display presenter notes on laptop screen.
  • The financial application opens a dashboard of windows on multiple monitors.
  • The medical application opens the images (eg X-rays) on a high-resolution grayscale screen.
  • The Creativity application displays secondary windows (for example, a palette) on a separate screen.
  • The conference room app displays controls on a touchscreen device and video on a TV.
  • Multi-screen layouts in gaming, signage, art and other applications.
  • The site optimizes content and layout when a window spans multiple screens.

Here is a list of the remaining additions in Chrome 100:

  • The Digital Goods API is now available by default. It is an API to “query and manage digital products to facilitate in-app purchases from web applications, in conjunction with the payment request API (which is used to make actual purchases)” .
  • HIDDevice forget() is a new method that developers can implement to “revoke a permission from a HIDDevice that was granted by a user”.
  • Markup-based client guidance delegation for third-party content. which supports “content negotiation use cases such as differential delivery of variable fonts, color vector fonts, responsive images, and other third-party content that requires the loss of customer information through the reduction of the user agent”.
  • SerialPort integration with WritableStream AbortSignal controller.
  • ALPN TLS extension in WebSockets connections to wss scheme.
  • NFC Web: NDEFReader makeReadOnly().
  • CertificateHashes option of the WebTransport server.
  • mix-blend mode: lighter.
  • AbortSignal.prototype.throwIfAborted.
  • Capability delegation allows “a framework to relinquish its ability to call a restricted API and transfer the capability to another (sub)frame it trusts”.

Chrome 100 is the last browser version that supports the full user agent string. Google plans to reduce the browser’s user-agent string starting April 19, 2022.

Now you: have you installed the new version?

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Chrome 100 with security updates released

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Chrome 100 with security updates released

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Google released Chrome 100 Stable for all supported desktop operating systems on March 29, 2022.

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