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Google has released Chrome version 49, closing 26 bugs and shelling out US$51,000 to support bug hunters. Now in Chrome's stable channel, the new version sports eight high and five medium severity fixes. Chrome test engineer Krishna Govind says Google paid US$36,500 (£33,334, A$49,671) for the bug bounty reports in the now …

  1. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Anyone else having problems with the official Chrome repository for Debian/Ubuntu? It fails to apt-get

    1. Mint Sauce

      Yes in Mint in this case though. I removed the source and put a hold on the current version. I only use it for Netflix anyway & don't do any other web surfing with it, so figured I probably don't really need to update it.

    2. Walter Bishop Silver badge

      I downloaded the deb file and installed it using these instructions. Am now on Version 49.0.2623.75 beta (64-bit)

    3. mdava

      Yes, me too. Simple fix is here with an explanation.

  2. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    Serious question: How come there continue to be so many serious bugs in Chrome? It's starting to make IE look like a secure browser.

    Is Chrome just being targeted more for the bounties?

    1. GoingGoingGone

      Re: Why?

      Chrome development is Open Source. All you have to do is submit dodgy code in the first place hoping it doesn't get caught and later, under a different ID (or an chummy criminal pal), the fix for the bug you created in the first place. The bigger the initial cock-up the more handsome the latter reward. Win-win situation, except for the user that is. You can even make a few extra bob -or a lot of them- by selling the exploit in the black market in between.

  3. Robert Helpmann?? Silver badge

    Exchange Rate?

    I cannot access my email with this right now so I cannot send this as a correction, but this is the second article I have read recently on this site that completely screws up the exchange rates when listing the cost of one thing or another. There are five sets of figures listed which use four different sets of conversions, some of which are... implausible. Take these two sets for the sake of comparison:

    US$36,500 £33,334 A$49,671

    US$37,500 £34,260 A$26,469

    The numbers, as they say, speak for themselves.

  4. Dave Lawton

    Ditched for Linux ?

    My Chrome Version 48.0.2564.109 on Kubuntu 14.04 now announces on start-up that no more updates will be available.

    1. mdava

      Re: Ditched for Linux ?

      Only for 32 bit systems. Apparently this was announced ages ago, although I didn't notice until Chrome started flashing messages at me.

      I've updated to a 64 bit install, not really sure why I originally went with 32?

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