If you were following along today with the live feed (and or our coverage of the Google event) you’re aware that one of the big improvements Google hopes to make with both Chromes (the OS and the browser) is increased security for users. One of the immediate implementations of this secure future is a “sandbox” of security, employed immediately on Adobe Flash Player. They’ve apparently been working since this past March with Adobe on this new functionality, and this week they’ll be releasing their initial Flash Player sandbox for their dev channel users on Windows XP, Vista, and 7. Everyone else will just have to wait for their turn.
This makes Chrome the only browser that runs Flash Player in a sandbox for Windows XP, this first version for Windows users allowing them to take advantage of a modified version of Chrome’s already existing sandbox tech. What sandboxing does, in a nutshell, is to protect the users most sensitive resources from being accessed while at the same time allowing apps to use the lesser sensitive ones. Common malware be shushed!
Soon this functionality will be available on on platforms, Google says, while those on the dev channel for Windows will be automatically updated soon. They encourage you to leave them loads of feedback of course, too. AND if you’re completely uninterested in such functionality, they’ve added a disable command “–disable-flash-sandbox” if you’d like to plug that into your command line and sit around all non-sandboxed.
[Via Official Chromium Blog]