An error in updating Google Chrome erases millions of users data

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Google has been forced to stop rolling out its latest update to its Chrome browser, version 79, due to fears of a bug responsible for erasing user data.

Author Anthony Cuthbertson explains in an article published by the British newspaper The Independent that the bug only affects applications that use Web View built into Android, a feature that allows users to view web pages in the application. Some applications – similar to “Duck Duck Go” – rely entirely on Web View.

Chrome is the most popular web browser in the world, with over a billion people.

The Google developers acknowledged the error in the company’s bug report and revealed that the problem was related to transferring files from version 78 to version 79.

In this context, one of the developers explained that Google would have two options: either revert to version 78 and delete the data about a week for the users who received the new update, or continue to migrate to version 79 and the risk of deleting years of data for users.

In response to this problem, users have described this defect as a “disaster” and a “major problem” after data loss for users of third-party Android applications.

But Google says the update doesn’t erase data, but it stops apps from accessing it, causing issues like losing access to saved games and in-game bonuses.

The company pointed out that the defect affected 15% of Chrome users, not 50%, as previously announced, confirming that it had fixed the defect and that users would be able to recover their lost data.

The influence of Chrome is dominant, in addition to its use in Web View for Android applications, developers of other web browsers – including Microsoft, Samsung, Brave, Opera, and Vivaldi – use the open-source Chromium project as the basis for their browsers, so any vulnerabilities or bugs in the Chrome browser, no matter how simple it is, it will affect millions of users around the world.

Source: websites, the independents

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