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These 16 characters crash Google Chrome

An HP Chromebook.

Remember when it took just eight characters to crash Skype? Apparently it takes double that to take out Chrome: Typing in a 16 character link and hitting enter, clicking on a 16-character link, or even just putting your cursor over a 16-character link, will crash Google’s browser.

The bug was discovered by Andris Atteka who explained on his blog that all you to trip up Chrome is to add a null character in the URL string. His example was 26 characters long but we managed to shave off 10 characters and give an even simpler string that will crash Chrome.

To try it yourself, fire up Chrome 45 (the latest stable version) or older and put this into your address bar:

http://a/%%30%30

Either your Chrome tab or the whole Chrome browser will crash.

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Atteka reported the bug to Google today (Chromium issue). Here’s the technical explanation of what’s happening:

It seems to be crashing in some very old code. In the Debug build, it’s hitting a DCHECK on an invalid URL in GURL, deep in some History code. Given that it’s hitting a CHECK in the Release build, I don’t think this is actually a security bug, but I’m going to leave it as such.

Atteka did not receive a bounty from Google because this is not a security threat per se. Still, it’s easy to see how the bug could be abused to impact many Chrome users.

Hovering your cursor over the link will crash your Chrome tab as well, including every other tab like it. Try it yourself by opening Atteka’s blog post or the Chromium report in a few tabs and putting your cursor over the example link provided. The reason the above example doesn’t work is that we purposefully didn’t hyperlink it so that you could read this article in peace.

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In our tests, Chrome for Windows and Chrome for Mac are both affected. Interestingly, I couldn’t reproduce this bug in Chrome for Android. No matter where I inserted the null character, the browser refused to crash on my phone.

This isn’t the first time a link was discovered that could instantly crash Chrome. A similar issue was discovered just for Mac in March and another was discovered for all desktop platforms in April. Both were quickly fixed.

We’ve reached out to Google for more information and will update you if we hear back.

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Apple did what anyone wanting to use California’s roadways must do: Talk to the DMV

Apple concept car

Apple sat down with the California Department of Motor Vehicles this summer to talk about its autonomous vehicles using California’s roads.

The Guardian obtained documents detailing the meeting’s content and participants, facts it reported in a story early Friday. The DMV has now confirmed that the meeting took place.

The Guardian says it obtained documents saying that Apple senior legal counsel Mike Maletic had an hour-long meeting on August 17 with the DMV’s self-driving car experts Bernard Soriano and Stephanie Dougherty. Soriano and Dougherty are co-sponsors of California’s autonomous vehicle regulation project.

The Wall Street Journal reported in February that Apple already had “hundreds of employees” working on it’s autonomous car project, which CEO Tim Cook apparently green-lit a year ago. The project — dubbed “Titan” — could end up involving as many as 1,000 Apple employees, said the WSJ, citing sources familiar with the project.

Apple has been tight-lipped on the project in the face of growing evidence that the company is well down the road in building a car. CEO Tim Cook was recently asked by Stephen Colbert on the Late Show if Apple is in fact working on a car, but Cook predictably dodged the question.

A mid-August report in the Guardian said Apple engineers met in May with officials from GoMentum Station, a 2,100-acre former naval base near San Francisco that is now used as a testing ground for autonomous and connected vehicles.

 

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Google sends invites to see ‘some tasty new treats’ at September 29 event in San Francisco

Google Classroom mugs.

Google has sent out invitations to journalists to a September 29 event in San Francisco where there will be “some tasty new treats.”

There will be “hands-on time,” following the event, which starts at 9 a.m. Pacific and will be live streamed at http://youtube.com/google, according to the invitation. It will be taking place at Left Space Studios in San Francisco’s Mission District.

The invitation for Google's September 29 event in San Francisco.

Above: The invitation for Google’s September 29 event in San Francisco.

Image Credit: Jordan Novet/VentureBeat

The invitations come after a report of a Google event on Sept. 29 in San Francisco where the company will show off new Nexus smartphones, one from LG, the other from Huawei.

If that’s what Google will indeed be unveiling at the event, it will be good timing — Apple started taking pre-orders for the new iPhones last week.

But Google will also be able to showcase the final version of Android Marshmallow at this event — hence the “treats” mentioned in the invitation. It’s also possible that Google will show off the rumored second generation of its Chromecast media streaming device at the event.

It’s important for Google to show all these new gadgets — and perhaps others — ahead of the holidays, especially given Apple’s splashy event in San Francisco earlier this month, and Microsoft’s event in New York coming up next month, where it will be showing new Windows 10 devices.


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Google sends invites to see ‘some tasty new treats’ at September 29 event in San Francisco

Google Classroom mugs.

Google has sent out invitations to journalists to a September 29 event in San Francisco where there will be “some tasty new treats.”

There will be “hands-on time,” following the event, which starts at 9 a.m. Pacific and will be live streamed at http://youtube.com/google, according to the invitation. It will be taking place at Left Space Studios in San Francisco’s Mission District.

The invitation for Google's September 29 event in San Francisco.

Above: The invitation for Google’s September 29 event in San Francisco.

Image Credit: Jordan Novet/VentureBeat

The invitations come after a report of a Google event on Sept. 29 in San Francisco where the company will show off new Nexus smartphones, one from LG, the other from Huawei.

If that’s what Google will indeed be unveiling at the event, it will be good timing — Apple started taking pre-orders for the new iPhones last week.

But Google will also be able to showcase the final version of Android Marshmallow at this event — hence the “treats” mentioned in the invitation. It’s also possible that Google will show off the rumored second generation of its Chromecast media streaming device at the event.

It’s important for Google to show all these new gadgets — and perhaps others — ahead of the holidays, especially given Apple’s splashy event in San Francisco earlier this month, and Microsoft’s event in New York coming up next month, where it will be showing new Windows 10 devices.


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