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Google Releases A Chrome Update That Fixes 7 Vulnerabilities

On Tuesday Google released an update that patched seven security vulnerabilities in its Chrome web browser..

According to tech website Computer World (opens in new tab), Google has managed to fix at least seven bugs in its web browser Google Chrome 12 for the Windows, Mac and Linux operating systems. The company has rated six of the seven flaws as having a high threat level.

Of the six, three were use-after-free bugs that could enable hackers to inject a code in the memory management of the PC and exploit it. Areas such as "V8" JavaScript engine, the cascade style sheet and HTML parsers received patches in Chrome Stable 12.0.742.112.

The Mountain View, California-based search giant has rewarded $6,000 to three security researchers who identified the vulnerabilities and reported them to the company. Of the three, one researcher identified five of seven bugs and has been awarded with $4,500.

"If you launch a vulnerability reward program, you will receive more vulnerability reports from a wider range of researchers. And as long as you have a culture of fixing security bugs promptly, your users will be safer thanks to having a reward program," wrote Chris Evans an engineer at Google in a blog post (opens in new tab).