Chrome 102 is here, find out what’s new and improved

Just in time, Google has released the next version of Chrome desktop browser. Windows, Linux, and macOS users can now update Chrome to version 102 and enjoy exciting new features. Along with some new tricks, Chrome 102 brings new features and tools to help developers make their web apps even more powerful and user-friendly. As usual, there are bug fixes and security fixes that ensure Chrome continues to be safe and secure for its billions of users worldwide. So, let’s take a look – in no particular order – at what’s new in the latest version of Google’s desktop browser.

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Rearrange tabs with shortcuts

New for Windows and macOS users, Chrome now gives you the ability to rearrange your tabs using a few simple keyboard shortcuts. To move a targeted tab, Windows users can press ctrl+shift and page up or footer and move that bad boy left or right. macOS users can do the same by throwing the Fn key into the mix and using the up and down arrow keys. Like that: ctrl+shift+fn with up arrow.

Web application file management

PWAs (Progressive Web Apps) have quickly become powerful tools in the hands of developers wanting to deliver full app experiences directly from the browser. Many software platforms now use the web application format as their default delivery method and after months of testing, web applications now have the ability to be native handlers from compatible file types. This means that when you select a specific file, a correlative and capable web application that you have installed can be selected to open and manage the file. This behavior will be similar to what you have when choosing an installed application to handle a given file type. This option will appear in the “Open with” menu when you click on a file.

Capture and control tabs

Chrome 102’s new Capture Handle feature allows users to capture a given tab and then control that tab from a separate window. This will be extremely useful when presenting during a video conference. Users can capture the presentation tab and then control it directly from the tab where the meeting is running. There is a very handy demo set up here if you want to try it out. Keep in mind that this is Chrome only at the moment, so it may be some time before the feature is widely supported.

Capture and present the demo

Navigation API

Replacing the less robust History API, the new Navigation API aims to make transitions through web applications a bit smoother. When properly used, the API helps web applications load new elements without having to reload the entire page. This will make clicking links and browsing pages more user-friendly.

Bug fixes, fixes and rewards

  • [$TBD][1324864] Critical CVE-2022-1853: use after free in indexed database. Reported by Anonymous on 05/12/2022
  • [$10000][1320024] High CVE-2022-1854: Use after free in ANGLE. Reported by SeongHwan Park (SeHwa) on 2022-04-27
  • [$7500][1228661] High CVE-2022-1855: use after release in messaging. Reported by Anonymous on 07/13/2021
  • [$3000][1323239] High CVE-2022-1856: use after free in user training. Reported by Nan Wang(@eternalsakura13) and Guang Gong of 360 Alpha Lab on 2022-05-06
  • [$2000][1227995] High CVE-2022-1857: Insufficient policy enforcement in Filesystem API. Reported by Daniel Rhea on 2021-07-11
  • [$1000][1314310] High CVE-2022-1858: Reading out of bounds in DevTools. Reported by EllisVlad on 2022-04-07
  • [$1000][1322744] High CVE-2022-1859: use after release in Performance Manager. Reported by Guannan Wang (@Keenan7310) of Tencent Security Xuanwu Lab on 2022-05-05
  • [$TBD][1297209] High CVE-2022-1860: use after free in UI Foundations. Posted by @ginggilBesel on 2022-02-15
  • [$TBD][1316846] High CVE-2022-1861: use after free in sharing. Reported by Khalil Zhani on 2022-04-16
  • [$5000][1236325] Medium CVE-2022-1862: Inappropriate implementation in extensions. Reported by Alesandro Ortiz on 2021-08-04
  • [$5000][1292870] Medium CVE-2022-1863: use after release in tab groups. Reported by David Erceg on 2022-02-01
  • [$5000][1320624] Medium CVE-2022-1864: Free to use in WebApp installs. Reported by Yuntao You (@GraVity0) of Bytedance Wuheng Lab on 2022-04-28
  • [$3000][1289192] Medium CVE-2022-1865: use after release in bookmarks. Reported by VRI’s Rong Jian on 2022-01-20
  • [$3000][1292264] Medium CVE-2022-1866: free to use in tablet mode. Posted by @ginggilBesel on 2022-01-29
  • [$3000][1315563] Medium CVE-2022-1867: insufficient validation of untrusted inputs in data transfer. Reported by Michał Bentkowski from Securitum on 2022-04-12
  • [$TBD][1301203] Medium CVE-2022-1868: Inappropriate implementation in Extensions API. Reported by Alesandro Ortiz on 2022-02-28
  • [$NA][1309467] Medium CVE-2022-1869: Type confusion in V8. Reported by Man Yue Mo of GitHub Security Lab on 2022-03-23
  • [$TBD][1323236] Medium CVE-2022-1870: Use after free in App Service. Reported by Nan Wang(@eternalsakura13) and Guang Gong of 360 Alpha Lab on 2022-05-06
  • [$7000][1308199] Low CVE-2022-1871: Insufficient policy enforcement in Filesystem API. Reported by Thomas Orlita on 2022-03-21
  • [$7000][1310461] Low CVE-2022-1872: Insufficient policy enforcement in Extensions API. Posted by ChaobinZhang on 2022-03-26
  • [$2000][1305394] Low CVE-2022-1873: insufficient policy enforcement in COOP. Reported by NDevTK on 2022-03-11
  • [$500][1251588] Low CVE-2022-1874: insufficient policy enforcement in Safe Browsing. Reported by hjy79425575 on 2021-09-21
  • [$500][1306443] Low CVE-2022-1875: Improper implementation in PDF. Reported by NDevTK on 2022-03-15
  • [$TBD][1313600] Low CVE-2022-1876: buffer overflow in DevTools. Posted by @ginggilBesel on 2022-04-06

There are many other “under the hood” changes in Chrome 102. You can read more about what’s new for developers by heading to the Chromium blog. As always, we’ll be digging to see if anything else happened in this update, and stay tuned for more news on the latest Chrome for Android update. Learn more about keeping your Chrome browser up to date here.

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