Chrome suffers first security flaw

Researcher Rishi Narang discloses a malicious link that can crash the new browser. In Google-speak, "Whoa!"

On Wednesday, researchers announced a flaw in how the Google Chrome browser behaves with undefined handlers. An exploit provided as a demonstration crashes the new browser.

In an article on the Securiteam site, Rishi Narang from Evilfingers says a crash can occur without user interaction. If a user is provided a malicious link with an undefined handler followed by a special character, Chrome crashes.

In Google-speak, the browser displays a message "Whoa, Google Chrome has crashed. Restart now?"

Narang found the fault in chrome.dll version 0.2.149.27. More details can be found on this Evilfingers page.

And on Tuesday, mere hours after Chrome was released, researcher Aviv Raff concocted a proof-of-concept demo to show how the Google browser could be made vulnerable to a carpet-bombing flaw and thus open a window for ill-intentioned hackers.

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