Google issues, then reissues Chrome security fix

The newest mainstream version of the open-source browser had two security fixes, but Google had to reissue the patch after it caused crashes.

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Google fixed security holes with a new release of its stable version of Chrome--then released a replacement shortly afterward to prevent a batch of crashes that turned up as well.

Chrome (download) emerged Tuesday and was intended to fix one critical security problem and one high-severity one. On Thursday, came to fix a crash during startup that affected "a small percentage of users," said Chrome Program Manager Mark Larson.

With the first problem, an attacker under some circumstances could run attack software with the same privilege as the computer user.

With the second, an issue handling 2D graphics could potentially allow a specially crafted image to crash a tab and run an attacker's code within Chrome's sandbox security isolation system.