Google Chrome is an amazing browser, and that’s saying something for a browser built by the same team that built the web’s greatest browser, Firefox.
But there’s a big problem: Google Chrome has a bug that lets you run malicious code on your machine without any warning.
And, it’s not just the bad stuff, either.
As Ars Technica points out, Chrome is also prone to serious security issues that can let malicious programs install malicious code that can infect your machine, including: Google’s own Chrome extension, which has a number of vulnerabilities in it, and Chrome’s “sandbox” which is the part of Chrome that’s supposed to make sure the browser doesn’t allow a malicious user to install malicious content.
Google’s Chrome extension also installs some malicious code to your machine.
The Chrome browser uses a “sandboxing” feature called “sandboxes,” which is a mechanism that prevents malicious code from installing code on top of the browser itself.
In other words, if you run an application that you don’t trust and that uses the same codebase as a Google Chrome extension (like a Google Drive file manager, for example), the browser won’t allow that application to install.
“Sandboxes” allow Chrome to protect itself from certain kinds of malware by using a “pre-defined set of rules” to limit how long it will allow an infected program to run.
For example, if an application uses a certain file extension, the browser will prevent the program from running for a certain amount of time, but if it uses another file extension it won’t run for as long.
“The problem with these sandbox rules is that the rules can be manipulated by attackers,” says Ben Williams, a researcher at the security firm Kaspersky Lab.
“When an attacker can change a sandbox rule and take over the sandboxing process, they can potentially run arbitrary code on the victim’s machine.”
If you’re running an app that you trust and you’re using the same file extension as an app from Google’s “stealthy sandboxing” system, your Chrome browser won’nt allow that app to run if you use the same extension.
Williams and his colleagues found that “steamparked” code, which is code that runs without the user knowing, could install malware and infect a victim’s computer without alerting them that something’s going on.
In addition to Google’s sandboxing feature, there’s also a feature called the “sand box,” which Google is apparently also using.
This feature blocks malware from running, but it’s unclear whether or not it’s enabled by default for Chrome users.
“Google’s sandbox is very strong, but I haven’t found anything that’s really broken by it,” Williams says.
“There are a few places where the sandbox is actually doing something dangerous, and then there are some places where it’s really harmless.”
Google says it’s aware of the issue and will be working to fix it.
“If you’re going to be running an application with Google’s ‘sandbox’, be careful,” Williams warns.
“It’s one thing to say you’ve got a sandbox, and another thing to put it in place.
It’s very, very easy to have a malicious program in a sandbox.”
If that’s not enough, there is a feature that lets users install a malicious extension.
When a malicious app installs an extension, it downloads a copy of Chrome’s entire codebase.
The malicious program then injects code that’s hidden inside the Chrome browser and sends it to the victim computer, which then runs it and executes it.
In one instance, Williams discovered a malicious browser extension that would inject itself into a vulnerable system that would be used to install the malicious application.
“We found that it had injected code that was inside the browser that would then be executed by the malicious program,” Williams explains.
“So it was very interesting to find that.”
The malicious app then downloaded a copy that was installed on the machine and used it to launch the malicious extension on the target computer.
“This particular malicious extension could inject itself anywhere in the system,” Williams notes.
“And we found that a malicious application can inject itself directly to the browser and then send the malicious code in a file.
That was a very, really interesting discovery.”
Williams says he’s not sure how many other malicious apps are out there, but that it’s clear that a large number of malicious extensions are available to download.
“For a malicious website, there are thousands of different malicious extensions, so the problem isn’t really in the number of apps that are out on the market,” Williams adds.
“What is really interesting is that Google has really done a really good job at making it easy for the developer community to write malicious code.”
The fact that Google is using “steams” to block malicious code doesn’t appear to be stopping the developers of malicious software from making it into the browser.
Williams’ team is working to