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Any Chinks in Google's Chrome Armor?

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Forbes has an interesting take on Google's new browser, which, while the announcement was somewhat surprising, seems inevitable. Google controls the steering wheel of the internet, so why shouldn't they just go ahead and supply the whole damn car (work with me here, I'm just trying to keep in the same tone as 'Chrome').

Google's announcement of the Chrome browser did shed some light on one of the company's past acquisitions. When Google acquired the California startup Greenborder back in May 2007, the value of the company's security expertise to the search giant were less than clear. Now with its new browser to serve as an in-between between the web and the user's desktop, Google has to be at the top of its security game.

Google's security innovations in Chrome are part of the company's continuing efforts to rein in malicious parties and keep users happily clicking on their sponsors' ads. Chrome introduces the technology "sandboxing," a means of regulating a Web application's interaction with a computer to a virtual border.

At a time when Web applications are growing in both popularity and complexity, sandboxing limits the ability of web processes to communicate with anything but the browser. Well sandboxing definitely adds another solid layer of protection, many security experts believe that it does not offer any special guarantees against breeches for Chrome.

Java had attempted employing a similar concept by virtually limiting a program's access with code, but was unable to protect against a number of bugs that were exploited. The success of Chrome's launch may rest on the ability of its engineers to find and fix the bugs before they are exploited.

Makes you wonder what cybercriminals will think about being sent to the sandbox...one thing's for sure, you better keep a close watch on your sand shovel.

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Peter Schooff's blog is a daily look at what's going on in the world of computer security with an emphasis on how it affects businesses.

Peter Schooff

Peter Schooff is Contributing Editor at ebizQ, and manager of the ebizQ Forum. Contact him at pschooff@techtarget.com

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