Saturday, March 19, 2011

Allowing out-of-date plugins in Chrome

Here's how to allow Chrome to run outdated plugins all the time (without warnings): You can disable this feature by adding the command line flag --allow-outdated-plugins.

Note: Chrome doesn't force you to use eg Adobe Reader X. Adobe Reader 8 and 9 are supported too, but they need to have all their security updates. Currently, that means Reader 8.2.6 or 9.4.2. If you have eg 9.4.1, you can update to 9.4.2 via Adobe Reader -> Check for updates.

In Windows:
  1. Right click on your "Chrome" icon.
  2. Choose properties
  3. At the end of your target line, place these parameters: --allow-outdated-plugins
  4. It should look like: chrome.exe --allow-outdated-plugins

In Mac OS X:

  1. Open Terminal
  2. '/Applications/Google Chrome' --allow-outdated-plugins
On Linux:
  1. From the command line, you can launch
    google-chrome --allow-outdated-plugins

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Out-of-date plug-in warnings now part of Chrome

Chrome 10: Out-of-date plug-in warnings
As we previously mentioned, we believe that some of the most significant opportunities to increase user security revolve around plugins. We’ve made a number of improvements in this area, including actively encouraging users to update their plug-ins to the most secure version. Chrome now detects when a plug-in is out of date and blocks it with a simple infobar. This infobar helps guide the user towards updating their plug-in with the latest security fixes.

I'm glad to have contributed to the implementation of this feature -- a number of core Chrome engineers helped make it a reality. As for the secbrowsing extension, you don't need to, but you can keep it installed. It will continue to let you know when one of your plugins is out of date, even if you are not using it (In Chrome, the warning only appears when a website you visit requires one of your plugins that is out of date). This might be helpful for example if you use other browsers alongside Chrome, which don't prevent your from using out-of-date plugins.