A more rigorous review process that includes more humans seeks to better scrutinize extensions that demand lots of power.
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"We do some manual reviews today, and we will ramp that up as these changes roll out," he said in tweet. "Basically we're moving to a model where we publish only 'known good' with a high bar, specially for extensions with sensitive permissions."
And in 2019, Google will overhaul Chrome extension manifests -- the documentation that developers must write to describe things like the computing privileges extensions need. With the new version, "writing a secure and performant extension ... should be easy, while writing an insecure or non-performant extension should be difficult," Wagner said.
First published Oct. 1 at 10 a.m. PT. Update, Oct. 2 at 9:17 a.m. PT: Updates with comment from Chrome leader Rahul Roy-Chowdhury.
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