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Release of Google Chrome 88: Farewell to Flash Player and FTP assistance

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Release of Google Chrome

Today, January 19, 2021, Google released Chrome 88 to the Stable desktop channel, which contains security updates and the much expected elimination of Adobe Flash Player.

Chrome 89 is the newest Beta version, Chrome 88 has been moved to the Stable channel, and Chrome 90 will be the Canary version.

Users using desktop versions of Windows, Mac, and Linux can update to Chrome 88 by selecting Settings -> Help -> About Google Chrome. When a new update becomes available, the browser will then check for it automatically and install it.

Removal of Flash Player from Chrome

On January 12th, 2021, Adobe Flash Player will no longer be supported, hence Google has totally removed Flash from the browser.

Organizations will no longer be able to utilise Enterprise policy to re-enable Flash Player in Google Chrome as a result of this change.

Since 2017, Google has been alerting consumers about the impending demise of Adobe Flash Player and recommending businesses to stop utilising it in their environments.

With this modification, Flash Player is no longer supported by the main platform for running Flash content.

FTP support was dropped

Due to its limited use and lack of support for proxy or encrypted (FTPS) connections, Google decided to remove FTP support (ftp:/) from Chrome.

Because just “.1-.2%” of Chrome users actually utilise the FTP protocol, Google has been attempting to get rid of it since 2014.

With the introduction of a new “chrome:/flags/#enable-ftp” flag that determines whether or not FTP support is enabled, Google started deprecating FTP functionality with the release of Chrome 80.

In order to ensure that there would be no issues with accessing material on FTP sites during the epidemic, Google restored FTP functionality once more on April 9th, reversing the previous decision to deactivate it by default in Chrome 81.

“We will “undeprecate” FTP on the Chrome stable channel in light of the present problem. FTP, for instance, will resume operation “Asanka Herath, a Google software developer, commented on a Chromium issue subject.

The browser no longer offers any FTP functionality as of the release of Chrome 88.

enhanced controls for the dark mode

Although Google Chrome has long supported operating system dark mode settings, not all of its controls have been converted to a dark mode style. Scroll bars and form controls are some of these controls.

With Chrome 88, the browser now uses a dark mode theme to display scroll bars and form controls.

increased protection against tabbing assaults
In order to avoid “tabnabbing” assaults, Chrome 88 will automatically apply the “noopener” context to links that open in new tabs when a user clicks on them. This attack technique is referred to as “tab-napping” by Google.

A security flaw called “tabbing” enables a freshly launched page to use javascript to send the user to a different URL from the one they were originally on. Any URL the threat actor chooses, such as phishing pages or pages that automatically download malicious files, might be used as the redirected URL.

HTML links can have a rel=”noopener” property added by web designers to stop a new tab from changing the referring page using JavaScript.

With the introduction of Google Chrome today, any links that open in a new tab will instantly have the rel=”nooopener” tag applied to them.

New Tab search demonstration

The long-awaited capability of being able to search through all of your open tabs finally arrives in Chrome 88. When enabled, a little down arrow will appear in a circle, and when clicked, the search dialogue box will appear as seen below.

A change in developers for Chrome 88

Google Chrome has undergone several modifications, experiments, and additions with this version. The key developer changes are detailed below:

For in-app purchases from web apps, use the Digital Goods API.
AddEventListener in the AbortSignal ()
aspect-ratio in CSS Complex:not, Property CSS Selectors 4, ()

When adopting to or from ElementInternals, don’t clear adoptedStyleSheets. shadowRoot Property
WakeLock.request() origin isolation path: Make Type Optional () support for the CSS property permissions-policy header in clip-path
RTCRtpTransceiver.stop()
Atomics, Futex, and Shared Array Buffers APIs in JavaScript New Origin Trials
Check out the blog page on the Chrome 88 developer updates for more information.

 

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