Chrome 20 released

If you are just a casual, everyday user of Google Chrome then you probably won’t notice much of a difference in Chrome 20. Other than the somewhat bigger “new tab” button, the updates are more for developers and standards implementations. So what are the latest and greatest behind the scene features of Chrome 20?

HTML5 Datalist Element

Web-based forms for the HTML5 datalist are now available in Chrome 20. With an auto-suggest box, a suggested option appears in a drop-down list when the user begins to type.

Chrome 20 features the Web Inspector; this provides an open design for mobile developers. Developers may identify the screen resolution and font size to mimic different mobile screen sizes. In addition, Web Inspector allows the designer to imitate mobile touch events with the mouse.

Internal Pages

Chrome 20 has several new internal pages:

  • chrome://inspect/ – this page provides a list running extensions and previously opened tabs, along with the links to Web Inspector
  • chrome://omnibox/ – this page shows Omnibox search term results, most beneficial for Chrome 20 developers and SEO experts.
  • chrome://policy/ – this page provides templates for company group policy implementation

64-Bit Pages

Now that Adobe now longer supports flash plug-in for Linux, Chrome is the only Linux system Flash supporter. With that said, the new Chrome 20 now offers 64-bit Flash support on Linux systems.

Bug Fixes

The three most significant security bug fixes in Chrome 20 have been:

  • A use-after-free may occur in counter handling [CVE-2012-2842].
  • A use-after-free may occur in layout height tracking [CVE-2012-2843].
  • An object access error may occur with JavaScript in PDF [CVE-2012-2844].In other words, a remote user can execute arbitrary code on the target user system. When loaded by the target user, the code will run privileges of the target user.