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Microsoft's latest Insider build of Windows 10 has crippled the 64-bit version of Google's Chrome browser. After issued build 10525 Tuesday, Chrome users began reporting on Google's help forum, on Reddit and elsewhere, that their browsers were consistently crashing. 'I'm on Windows Insider Preview and just upgraded to Pro Build 10525 which was just released to Insider Preview members and Google Chrome doesn't work in this build,' wrote someone identified as on a thread in the Chrome support forum. 'All versions (stable, beta, developer and Canary) do not work, I get the 'Aw Snap!' And no pages will load.' [ Related: ] A much longer thread on Reddit also tackled the problem. 'I tried reinstalling Chrome, I even tried installing a different branch (the beta one), but I just cannot get it to work,' added.
According to the reports, and confirmed by Computerworld, the 64-bit version of Chrome, which made it to the Stable channel a year ago, does not run on Windows 10 build 10525. The 32-bit browser, however, works fine. An entry in the -- Chromium is the open-source project that feeds code into Chrome -- was logged yesterday. 'Cutting through the noise, it looks like the sandbox is breaking in the Win10 10525 previews for 64-bit Chrome,' acknowledged Justin Schuh, a Google software engineer, in one message on the bug tracker. 'If Firefox e10s is also breaking as well, then it must be something pretty basic, like our hooks breaking under CFG.'
[ ] Chrome relies on an anti-exploitation technology, colloquially called a 'sandbox,' to isolate the browser's processes as part of an effort to stop or at least impede attackers leveraging a vulnerability, hopefully blocking them from planting malware on a device. Schuh's reference to 'e10s' was to Mozilla's work on a sandboxing technology for its Firefox browser. Schuh also linked to in the bug tracker, which referred to requests by both Microsoft and to Google to change Chrome 'to work better with their ongoing ROP mitigation efforts.' ROP, for 'return-oriented programming,' is an exploit technique that has been a past focus of Microsoft's defensive efforts. ROP has a rich history: The Stuxnet worm, reportedly created by U.S.