Making rendering problems eye-catching on macOS strange, Google has confirmed that since the massive Windows 10 update to Microsoft’s “May 2020”, Chrome can no longer keep users connected, synchronize data, store cookies, remember them passwords or third-party extension data – sometimes removing the extension completely. In addition, Google saw it coming two months ago.
06/18 update: Google has confirmed new Chrome issues after Awake Security researchers uncovered what is considered “the most malicious Chrome campaign to date”. According to Reuters, Awake found more than 70 malicious extensions that had escaped Google’s filtering process and were then downloaded 32 million times by Chrome users. The extensions contained spyware and stole browsing history and user data that provided credentials for access to internal business tools. Google declined to comment on why it did not detect these malicious applications or the extent of the damage. Google had promised to take a closer look at the extensions after a previous breach in February saw extensions stealing data from 1.7 million users. Reuters described the latest failure as “highlighting the tech industry’s inability to protect browsers because they are used more for email, payroll and other sensitive functions.” Chrome users should be alert.
In a bug report filed in April, Google engineers confirmed several issues with the Windows 10 update for May 2020, while still in beta testing. Curiously, Techdows noticed that the report was later marked as “WontFix” before being reopened later. Microsoft said last week that it was now speeding up the May 2020 deployment, despite the lack of a patch, more and more Chrome users were affected and complaints increased (1,2,3,4,5, etc.).
The problem here seems to be responsibility. I suspect Google initially thought the problem was in the Windows 10 update for May 2020 and waited for a patch from Microsoft. But the combination of Google’s reopening investigations and Google’s accelerated rollout of the update suggests that it could go to Google. Users also report that Microsoft’s Chromium-based Edge browser is unaffected, which will fuel conspiracy theorists looking to reignite browser wars.
As it stands, Microsoft only offers the May 2020 update to Windows 10 users who “check for updates” manually, but it removes many restrictions that previously prevented it from being installed. This despite a multitude of problems and some fundamentally faulty tests.
What should you do The obvious answer is: stay away from the May 2020 update and wait for a fix (regardless of the company that offers it). For those who have already updated, there is no patch that works for everyone, but the one with the highest success rate comes from the engineer Google Tavis Ormandy and clears a master key cache:
- Start> Event Viewer> Applications and Services> Microsoft> Windows> Crypto-DPAPI> Operational
- Check for errors (its fix depends on the errors found here) – if yes
- Close all Chrome windows
- Press Win + L to lock your computer
- Unlock and then start Chrome
I have contacted Microsoft and Google and will update this message when I have a response.
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