Chrome 125 has already been released and these are its news


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La new version of Chrome 125 is already among us and in this launch Google has announced the delay in the end of support for third-party cookies, as well as the new features that are integrated, among them we can find navigation protection improvements, improvements in developer tools and more.

In addition to innovations and bug fixes, 125 vulnerabilities were eliminated in Chrome 9, among which the vulnerability CVE-2024-4947 stands out, caused by a type confusion in the V8 engine and classified as dangerous, it was exploited by attackers to carry out 0 day type attacks before being solved. No critical issues have been identified that allow you to bypass all levels of browser protection and execute code on the system outside of the sandbox environment.

Main novelties of Chrome 125

In this newly released version of Chrome 125, Google has announced the planned delay in supporting third-party cookies installed when accessing sites other than the domain of the current page. The new date is for the end of the year and in this new version, An indicator with an eye icon has been added to the address bar to identify sites that use third-party cookies, which is crossed out when these cookies are blocked. Although tests continue disabling third-party cookies in 1% of users, and there are options to disable them manually through the settings «chrome://flags/#test-third-party-cookie-phaseout«, the context menu allows you to temporarily return support for third-party cookies on selected sites. This lock cancellation is valid for 90 days after activation.

Another change that Chrome 125 presents is when enhanced browser protection is enabled (Safe Browsing > Enhanced Protection), automatic deep scan is implemented of downloaded files, carried out by uploading information to Google servers. Previously, a prompt was displayed to confirm this external verification, but now it is done automatically.

In addition to that, A new mechanism has been added to update components that require loading a large amount of data, as models for newly added features using machine learning: smart tab grouping mode, theme builder, and interactive assistant. Two new types of potentially problematic add-ons have also been identified that will prompt users to reconsider their use: add-ons that do not install from the Chrome Web Store and add-ons that use deceptive tactics to force the installation of unnecessary software.

Improvements have been made to web developer tools, e.g. A button has been added to the web console to display an explanation of the error or warning generated when contacting the Gemini AI chatbot. In the panel for editing and viewing the source text of a page, settings have been added to make packed pages readable and to automatically close brackets when editing. Network Activity Tracker now includes support for HTTP headers used in "Early Hints" responses (103). Additionally, statistics on CSS selectors have been added to the performance analysis panel.

Added a CSS property set to control the display of elements anchored to the position of other elements (CSS anchor positioning) without using JavaScript. For example, this allows you to attach popups to elements that look similar to tooltips. To configure the anchoring of one element to another and define the output area, the “anchor-name”, “position-anchor” and “inset-area” properties have been proposed to obtain information about the location of the anchor.

Of the other changes that stand out of this new version:

  • New math functions have been added, such as round(), mod(), and rem(), to CSS. Additionally, new syntax has been introduced to reflect the state of custom elements in CSS using the pseudo class :state().
  • Builds for Windows are now available for the ARM64 platform.
  • The Compute Pressure API has been implemented, which allows obtaining high-level information about the current state of the hardware.
  • The Storage Access API, used to request user permission to access cookie storage when third-party cookies are blocked, has been expanded to allow third-party controllers (such as content within a <iframe>) request access to non-cookie-related storage, such as IndexedDB.
  • Added experimental support for the Viewport Segment Enumeration API, designed to organize output on devices with foldable displays.
  • The behavior when canceling the mousemove event has been adjusted to align with other browsers: canceling this event no longer blocks text selection or drag and drop operations. To lock selection and drag and drop, it is now necessary to cancel the "selectstart" and "dragstart" events.

Finally, if you are interested in knowing more about it, you can check the details of this new release in the following link.

How to install Google Chrome 125 on Linux?

If you are interested in being able to install this new version of this web browser and you still do not have it installed, You can visit the following publication where we teach you how to install it on some Linux distributions.

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