Google Patches 27 Chrome Vulnerabilities, Pays Bug Bounties

Search engine giant Google has patched a record 27 vulnerabilities in its Chrome web browser, dishing out $16,500 in bug bounties.

The company said that with the latest security patch, the stable version of Google Chrome for Windows, Mac and Linux has been boosted to version 11.

Of the 27 vulnerabilities patched by Google, 18 vulnerabilities were rated as ‘high’, six were rated as ‘medium’ and three were labelled as ‘low’. None of the vulnerabilities patched by Google were rated ‘Critical’, the company’s highest severity rating.

Some of the vulnerabilities patched by Google include one which could have allowed hackers to spoof the contents of the address bar while another one was related to malicious SVG files, Computer World notes.

Google also took the opportunity to include the speech input through HTML feature in Chrome’s stable version. The feature will allow users to make speech inputs using Google Chrome. The company explained that the speech input could be used on its Google Translate translation tool.

“Speech input through HTML is one of many new web technologies in the browser that help make innovative and useful web applications like Google Translate’s speech feature possible,” the company said in a blog post.