Google Chrome 91 released with new features and security improvements
Google released Chrome 91 today, May 25, 2021, on the stable desktop channel, and it includes security enhancements, the ability to copy and paste files into web pages, and new features for developers.
Chrome 91 fixes 32 security vulnerabilities, eight of which are marked as “ high ” severity.
Today Google has promoted Chrome 91 on the Stable channel, Chrome 92 as the new beta, and Chrome 93 will be the Canary version.
Windows, Mac, and Linux desktop users can upgrade to Chrome 91 by going to Settings -> Help -> About Google Chrome. The browser will then automatically check for the new update and install it when it becomes available.
Clipboard: support for read-only files
This Google Chrome brings a very useful feature for webmail users as they can now copy and paste a file in an email so that it is automatically attached.
“Chrome supports files via DataTransfer for drag and drop, but not for the clipboard,” explains Google’s status page for this feature.
“It is useful for users to be able to use clipboard keyboard shortcuts such as Ctrl + C, Ctrl + V for a task such as attaching a file to an email rather than just dragging and dropping.”
Continuous protection against NAT slipstreaming
Chrome 91 includes additional protection against NAT Slipstreaming attacks by blocking port 10080, which Firefox has already blocked since November 2020.
NAT Slipstreaming attacks abuse a router’s Application Level Gateway (ALG) functionality to access any port on an internal network, potentially allowing threat actors to access services normally secured by the router. .
When determining the port blocking, the developers found that the Amanda backup software and VMWare vCenter use the port but would not be affected by the block.
Other Developer Changes in Chrome 91
This release brings many new APIs, tests, and changes to Google Chrome. Below we have listed the main changes made by the developers:
- GravitySensor API
- CSS custom counter styles
- JSON Modules
- WebOTP API: Support for cross-originated iframe
- WebSockets over HTTP / 2
For more details, be sure to check out the Chrome 91 status page.