Google to scan Chrome extensions, bans auto-install
Google has taken two steps to prevent its Chrome browser becoming an attack vector for malware that runs as extensions to the browser.
Like many other browsers, Chrome allows users to install “extensions”, apps that add functionality. Google even runs the “Chrome Web Store” to promote extensions.
Security outfit Webroot recently pointed out that some of the extensions in the store are illegitimate, data-sucking privacy invaders that trick users with offers to do things like change the colour of Facebook and then suck out all their data.