Google Chrome change that weakens ad blockers begins June 3rd

Google is continuing with its plan to phase out Manifest V2 extensions in Chrome starting in early June 2024, weakening the abilities of ad blockers.
Google says this decision was made based on the community's progress and feedback, which were deemed satisfactory to continue without further delays.
Gradual disabling of V2 extensions will follow on the stable Chrome release, with recommendations for V3 alternatives.
Users can temporarily re-enable their Manifest V2 extensions, but this option will eventually be removed.
In summary, Google aims to achieve the following with Manifest V3:. Though this appears positive for the end users, the new framework introduces major technical challenges for extension developers, especially for those who need greater control over browser functions such as ad-blockers, who now have to implement complex mechanisms to remain effective.
uBlock Origin, considered one of the most popular ad blockers available, was forced to create a new project called uBO Lite, which is a permissionless Manifest V3 browser extension.
While this extension will likely work fine for many users, the developers state that for more advanced uses, it may be required to configure additional settings or give extra permissions to specific sites.
One considerable drawback is that rulesets will no longer be updated frequently by the extension through automatic updates.
Instead, rulesets are only updated when new versions of the extension are released.
The uBlock developer has created a FAQ explaining the differences between the current extension and the new Manifest V3 version.
Adoption at 85%. Google says it listened to extension developer feedback throughout this period and made targeted improvements such as supporting user scripts, offscreen documents, and expanding the number of alllowed rulesets for 'declarativeNetRequest.
Key changes implemented recently include review skipping for safe rule updates and version rollbacks, providing developers with better update control.
Google rolls out Chrome fix for empty pages when switching tabs.
Google fixes fifth Chrome zero-day exploited in attacks this year.
Google Chrome is getting native support for YouTube-like video chapters.
Google fixes one more Chrome zero-day exploited at Pwn2Own.
New Chrome feature aims to stop hackers from using stolen cookies.


This Cyber News was published on www.bleepingcomputer.com. Publication date: Sat, 01 Jun 2024 21:35:07 +0000


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