Google has released an update to the Stable version of its open source browser patching a range of security vulnerabilities, all of which posing a High level of risk to users.
Google Chrome 7.0.517.44 is now available for download, and users are advised to download and install the update as soon as possible in order to be protected against eventual attacks and exploits targeted at the flaws in older versions of the browser.
“Google Chrome has been updated to 7.0.517.44 for Windows, Mac, Linux and Chrome Frame on the Stable channel,” revealed Anthony Laforge, from the Google Chrome team.
Chrome 7.0.517.44 is the update to version 7.0.517.41 which was released in the second half of October 2010.
However, unlike Chrome 7.0.517.41, the latest refresh to the open source browser brings to the table only a collection of patches and nothing more. 7.0.517.41 also introduced a number of changes, albeit rather small.
The Mountain View-based search company is currently hard at work making its way to the first Beta development milestone of Chrome 8.0.
For the time being, Builds of Chrome 8.0 are served only through the Dev channel, and are early previews of what the company has in store for the next major iteration of the open source browser.
In addition to Chrome 8.0, Google is also focusing on Chrome 9.0. Chrome 9.0.570.0 for Windows, Mac, Linux hit the Dev channel earlier this week, and is now available for testing to early adopters.
Users not familiar with the risks implied by testing pre-release versions of Chrome should stick with 7.0.517.44, and subsequent updates that are delivered through the Stable channel.
As the avenue of delivery implies, Chrome 7.0.517.44 is the best choice for end users, as both versions 8.0 and 9.0 still contain glitches and bugs specific of software still in development.
Google Chrome for Windows is available for download here.
Google Chrome for Linux is available for download here.
Google Chrome for Mac is available for download here.