It looks like Google is finally taking serious measures to secure its most used product the Chrome web browser. The tech giant has announced that upcoming Chrome 63 browser will be equipped with a new security feature aiming to alert users of ‘man in the middle’ attacks (MitM) in which an attacker intercepts communication between two systems.
Coming this year in December, Chrome 63 will send notifications after detecting a large number of SSL connection errors implying that an attacker is trying to intercept your web traffic. The new security measure will tackle send notifications for malware as well as legitimate applications. That means in case your firewall or anti-virus software fails to detect and notify you or a malware evades anti-virus detection, Chrome 63 will have your back.
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The person behind developing this technology is Sasha Perigo who announced the news on Twitter. “Excited to announce my intern project is launching in @GoogleChrome M63! New error pages to help users struggling with MITM software,” tweeted Perigo.
Excited to announce my intern project is launching in @GoogleChrome M63! New error pages to help users struggling with MITM software. ?✨ pic.twitter.com/qItF3T1K1z
— Sasha Perigo (@sashaperigo) September 8, 2017
“1 For this error page, we say a user has “misconfigured” software if they don’t have the root required for the MITM program – 2 We check the error code the certificate validator threw, and check fields on the missing cert to see if it’s MITM software – 3 This error page will only be shown to users who were already seeing SSL errors. If you’re not seeing SSL errors right now, you’re all good”, Perigo.
Google plans to release the Chrome 63 on December 5 however you can test the feature on Chrome Canary.
Remember, about six months ago; Google introduced “Safe Browsing” feature for macOS that sends notifications to users whenever they visit a malicious website or download a file containing malware. Moreover, Google also launched a bug bounty program for Android operating system showing its commitment to a secure its mobile operating system.