The next update for Google Chrome will protect users from online snoops.
Expected to arrive later this year, Google Chrome 63 will reportedly include a new security feature that will help prevent Man-in-the-Middle (MitM) attacks.
MitM attacks are usually carried out by way of compromised third party software on a person’s computer or local network. In essence, it gives the attacker a backdoor into your connection so that all web traffic goes through them first. This way they can easily eavesdrop on your conversations, or even impersonate another person or online service to scam you.
For the attacker performing such an attack, the problem is dealing with encrypted HTTPS web traffic. Most MitM toolkits that enable the attack, aren’t able to correctly rewrite a user’s connections with the stolen encryption needed to impersonate them. This causes an SSL error that Chrome is now being tweaked to recognise.
In the upcoming Chrome 63, a large number of SSL errors in quick succession will generate a new error message, telling you that someone is trying to intercept your traffic. This security feature covers both malware and legit applications. That means if your antivirus or firewall isn’t properly rewriting your encryptions, it’ll trigger this error to let you know. At that point, it’s probably worth looking for a more efficient security program.
Google is expected to release Chrome 63 on December 5, unless it encounters any setbacks. In the meantime, if you’re interested, you can test out the feature in Chrome Canary.