Chrome 63 Build for Chrome OS Finally Rolling Out

After being announced a few weeks back and virtually no device getting the update immediately, Chrome 63 is finally rolling out for Chrome OS.  It is an important release because it addresses the vulnerabilities outlined by Intel and Google earlier this week.  With Chrome 63, devices running Chrome OS will be protected.

Clearly users of Chromebooks and Chromeboxes need to update to this new build immediately.  You can do so by typing chrome://help in the omnibar of the browser and then clicking the Check for Update button.  The update will take about 5 minutes to download depending on your device & connection speed.  As is normal with Chrome OS, you will need to reboot your device to apply the new build.

I can report that my Acer Chromebook 14 just received the update tonight while ChromeUnboxed is reporting that users of the Google Pixelbook, Samsung Chromebook Plus and Pro are have received the update too.  In principle, if you are running a Chromebook that can support Android apps, you’ve likely got the update available to you.

The build that is available is Version 63.0.3239.116.  This is the build that was released as an incremental update earlier today.

If you haven’t kept up, the security vulnerability, which could allow for system memory to be read which could give access to passwords and other sensitive information.   The significance of this issue is that it requires an OS level update to fix.

For their part, Microsoft is rolling out an update to Windows while Apple has already rolled out an update.

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