Google enhances Flash Sandboxing for Windows: 20 percent crashes cut

The newest edition of the Chrome browser designed for Windows will gladden users with improved protection and decrease of crash by almost 20 percent.

Using this technology, a plug-in will crash with no effects on the rest of the browser. Sand-boxing was used before in the first editions of Google Chrome in order to avoid opening rogue tabs but now Google proposed enhanced version of it. Also Google paid a lot of attention to the issues with other platforms, especially to cell phone spyware.

“By eradicating the intricacy and heritage regulations linked with NPAPI, we at Google have condensed Flash crashes by about 20 percent,” states Justin Schuh, a member of Google software team on the Google’s Chromium blog.

Enhanced sand-boxing technology requires Chrome 21 for Windows OS and Chrome 20 for Linux.

What is sand-boxing?

Literally, sand-boxing is a computer security technology that sets aside certain programs or procedures in a separate environment detaining malware, so it won’t spread to all other procedures on the PC. Sand-boxing was launched in the premature versions of Google Chrome, so everything started from there. No wonder that Google continue to improve the technology and shipped enhanced construction of the browser with a built-in Flash sandbox.

However, Adobe’s attempt to apply a sand-boxed Flash plug-in for Mozilla’s Firefox was a complete washout as the browser maker stated a higher-than-usual amount of Flash crashes after that.

And there are more sad news concerning Flash sandbox: beware of security loops! It turned out that combined with the Java interface, the sandbox created loop-holes in the security systems in computer networks and Apple became the biggest victim of hacker attacks. More than 80,000 Mac’s lost all their data and became unresponsive. As a result, Apple lost reputation of one of the most secured technology corporations.