Microsoft sets Jan. 15 launch for its second-chance Edge

Microsoft will release a production-quality version of its recast Edge browser Jan. 15, or in just over 10 weeks. What the Redmond, Wash. company this week called a “release candidate” of the final version can be downloaded from the firm’s website. The build — the label usually applies to finished …

Top web browsers 2019: Chrome seesaws yet again

Chrome last month continued its seesaw in user share, throwing away most of the gains it had made the month prior while remaining fully in charge of the browser market. According to data published today by California analytics vendor Net Applications, Chrome’s share for October dropped by 1.1 percentage points …

Google strengthens Chrome’s site isolation to protect browser against its own vulnerabilities

Google is telling Chrome users that it has extended an advanced defensive technology to protect against attacks exploiting vulnerabilities in the browser’s Blink rendering engine. Chrome 77, which launched in September but was supplanted by Chrome 78 on Oct. 22, received the beefed-up site isolation, wrote Alex Moshchuk and Łukasz …

Google to stop indexing Flash for search

Google on Monday announced that it will soon stop indexing Flash content for its search engine, effectively throwing an invisibility cloak over that content. “Google Search will stop supporting Flash later this year,” Dong-Hwi Lee, an engineering manager, wrote in a post to the company’s Webmaster Central blog. “In Web …

What’s in the latest Chrome update? More new tab page customization, in-browser Google Drive search

Google on Tuesday rolled out Chrome 78, the latest version of its world-dominant browser, that included patches for 37 security vulnerabilities, new customization options for the new tab page, and search integration with Google Drive. The Mountain View, Calif. firm paid out $58,500 in bug bounties — up 41% over …

What’s in the latest Firefox update? Firefox 70 stops social media trackers

Mozilla on Tuesday upgraded Firefox to version 70, enhancing its anti-tracking technology with new blockers that automatically stymie social media trackers and compiling reports so users can see what spying the browser has stopped. Security engineers at Mozilla also included patches for 13 vulnerabilities, one marked “Critical” and three marked …

Patch Tuesday problems persist: Start stops, Edge crumbles, Outlook and VMware shake

I reported two days ago that Microsoft seems to have fixed the printing bugs it introduced in the first CVE-2019-1367 Internet Explorer zero-day patch — and apparently reintroduced with the two additional CVE-2019-1367 patches. That’s the good news. Now I have some bad news. Old bugs are back again, and some …

Patch Tuesday preliminary report: Looks like the fourth time’s a charm

All we had to do was wait.  If you recall, on Sept. 23 Microsoft posted manual patches for the CVE-2019-1367 Internet Explorer zero-day hole, and the blogosphere went wild with warnings of imminent doom. Predictably, we haven’t seen any real-world attacks, but the bugs those patches introduced were very real.  …