Items tagged with v8 javascript

Google's Chrome is the most used internet browser on the planet, but it is not without its faults. Chrome has been routinely criticized for its excessive memory usage and battery consumption over the years, and Google is taking steps to combat both problems. After taking repeated blows to the head from Microsoft over Chrome’s impact on battery life compared to Edge, Google publicized its efforts to give mobile users longer runtimes. While it is still unlikely to match Edge’s battery performance in Windows 10 (for now), the improvements are definitely noteworthy. Now, Google is exorcizing another Chrome demon: memory usage. More specifically, Google has optimized Chrome’s V8 JavaScript engine... Read more...
If you’re an Android user that makes heavy use of Google’s Chrome web browser (and what Android user doesn’t?), you’ll want to pay close attention to a new exploit that has the capability of taking your smartphone hostage. The tricky exploit was demonstrated at MobilePwn2Own, which was held at a Tokyo-based PacSec conference. Quihoo 360 security researcher Guang Gong first uncovered the vulnerability, and thankfully, he hasn’t publicly revealed detailed specifics on its inner workings. However, we do know that it takes advantage of Chrome’s open source V8 JavaScript engine. What makes the exploit so dangerous — which is another reason why we’re glad that this exploit hasn’t fallen into nefarious... Read more...