Brian H. Madsen
Computer says no

Google Chrome Exploit – Auto Download

September 7th 2008 in 2533, 4439

Ok, it’s now blatantly obvious that Google Chrome was released in a rushed, incomplete (even for Beta releases) and faulty state.

An Auto-Download (extremely simply executed at that) exploit was found and has been published.

chrome-exploit-proven

We’re talking about an .exe file being downloaded automatically to a user’s system. Uhmmm.

Ok, Google has been known to be pushing the envelope when it comes to technology. They’re “supposedly” the big beast for Microsoft to beat and they’ve now entered the Browser War.

Does MSFT have anything to fear from this release? IMHO, no, nothing at all. Chrome is still yonks from being a viable contender to both FireFox and Internet Explorer.

Obviously Google was rushed to release this beta – but my faith in ever picking it up is dwindling by the minute as i’m trawling newsgroups, mailing lists etc for more news.

Google, it doesn’t look good guys..

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8 comments to...
“Google Chrome Exploit – Auto Download”

Colin Scott

If it doesn’t have Adblock Plus it’s not a browser worth running.

Only Firefox has Adblock Plus you say? What’s your point?

:)



Brian Madsen

he hehe..Mr. Scott..i was wondering when i’d drag you out of the woodworks again – thought you’d stopped loving me since i left CC :)

anyways, to give YOU some credit i’d say that the lesser of the two evils (FireFox vs. Chrome) FireFox would be the better choice..

I’m still rather inclined to use IE8 at this stage, which i’m certain Sandi would agree with me on..nevermind, this isn’t about IE8 or FireFox, but about Google creating such a major cockup in their first bid to enter the Browser Wars.

i’m certain that Chrome will gain a following, if for no other/better reason than it’s an alternative to IE (eg. Microsoft) and there’s plenty of fanbois out there that would rather bleed to death (this can be done financially if you use Chrome for your banking) than to use IE…i just hope that Google gets these screwups fixed..and fixed soon.

I noticed that the Chrome download link dissapeared from Google’s front page earlier today – smart choice Google. Unfortunately chrome.google.com is still very much active…tsk tsk tsk. do something for show, rather than disabling the downloads completely till things has been fixed.



Colin Scott

Could I stop loving someone so cuddly? Hmmmm… Apparently I can :)

Although admittedly a beta “porn mode” in IE 8 apparently isn’t as private as it should be. There is no perfect browser. I just can’t understand how people can put up with the level of ads on the web these days (assuming you don’t use a blocker of some kind).



Rod Trent

Google installs outside of the protected \Program Files\ directory. That alone should have been a redflag to everyone. http://myitforum.com/cs2/blogs/rtrent/archive/tags/Chrome/default.aspx



Brian Madsen

OMG Rod!!! thanks for the heads up with that link.

i’m certainly going to trawl through those as there’s some seriously scary stuff in there.

i wonder if kids from year 5 was hired to write the code for this? it’s an absolute disaster if you ask me!



Mr Speaker

I certainly wouldn’t be using such a young browser for anything beyond playing (even if it kicks ass at running gmail… c’mon spidermonkey). Just like I wouldn’t be using IE8 beta 2 for anything beyond playing.

But you’ve gotta tone down on your chrome-rage – it makes you sound like an equally big “fanboi” on the other side of the fence!



Brian Madsen

Mr. Speaker, nice of you to drop by anonymously…

The problem is that the majority of users wouldn’t consider these implications and would use the browser as a “full release” would be used.

and you’re right, i’m a fanboi..on the other side of the fence..obviously that’s showing – in saying that, toning down my “comments” may be wise advise..

regardless, use your name next time..it’s sooooo 90’s to keep your name out of it and you obviously make some valid comments..so why not stick your name to it ;)



Brian Madsen

Colin,

the majority of services out there today uses ads as a revenue base.

The problem with them is that they’re not rated/managed from an authority to ensure web-safety for internet surfers. I dont personally mind ads except when they’re intrusive to me. Eg. forced on me for whatever reason they can come up with.

a good example is the Hoyts Cinema network, which has an ad running on the right hand side – now that’s generally not bad, but it expands to fill my entire screen without me asking for it per default.

There’s been many versions of this ad, but the full-screen one keeps returning and that’s frustrating for me when i just want to find details about a movie session.

but you’re right, there is no perfect browser and IE8 is not one for calling itself perfect (ok, maybe it does) but there’s problems with all of them at the moment. Regardless, it’s the lesser of the known evils (for me that is) so i’ve chosen to use it.

i did find Chrome very interesting, especially around the thread and process handling it runs on..unfortunately it fell flat on a number of other areas.

honestly haven’t looked into “inprivate” browsing on IE8..yet – so that might be enlightening as well.




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