Google patches 50 Chrome vulnerabilities

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Google patches 50 Chrome vulnerabilities
Winners of Bug Bounty program announced.

Remotely exploitable holes plugged.

Google has released a new version of the Chrome web browser, patching an unprecedently large number of security vulnerabilities as well as adding performance improvements.

All in all, fifty security fixes are included in the latest stable release of Chrome, Google said.

Announcing the released of version 37 of its popular web browser on its Chrome blog, Google listed the fixes and also the results of the "Pwnium" competition bug bounty competition, which rewards third party researchers for finding the bugs.

The top prize of US$30,000 was awarded to "lokihardt@ASRT", who discovered a combination of bugs that included one impacting the V8 Javascript engine in Chrome, as well as its sync feature and interprocess communications.

Several other researchers earned bounties worth thousands of dollars, and Google singled out Collin Payne, Christoph Diehl, Sebastian Mauer, Atte Kettunen and "cloudfuzzer" for working with the Chrome team during the development cycle to prevent security bugs ffrom reaching the stable release channel.

The five were awarded with an additional US$8,000 for their efforts.

According to analyst firm Netmarketshare, Google Chrome is one of the most popular web browsers in the world, used by over a fifth of internet users.

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