Google Chrome changes affect JavaScript popup management drastically

Costea Lestoc By: Costea Lestoc
2 minute read

Home » News » Google Chrome changes affect JavaScript popup management drastically

Google has implemented a new change that should grasp the attention of developers. The company made modifications which changed the way their browser, Google Chrome, handles JavaScript popup scenarios. Unlike previously, Chrome will now restrict JavaScript popups and thus alter the way they are treated and responded to naturally by the platform.

JavaScript popups are being used in different ways

The change impacts multiple dialog types referring to JavaScripts. The Chrome Canary based modification makes alert(), confirm() and prompt() dialogs be treated differently when they show up on a web page. Different web pages might attempt to incorporate these dialogs more or less in the Chrome browser, so Google’s modification will see to it that users won’t have to deal as much with them.

The situation before this implementation was quite different. Previously, Chrome users would have to endure seeing Chrome take care of them for every browser window, giving the browser a lot of extra work to do. This was the case not only with the public, tested build version of Chrome, but also with the Beta version of the software.

These popups have dangerous potential

This was a huge nuisance and also a potential security risk. The way it worked more specifically, is that popups would appear on screen blocking the browser at the same time. This made the browser impossible to interact to until the popup was gone. And the only way to make the popup go away was by interacting with it. This made website owners guarantee for themselves that users would have no choice but to interact with the popups.

There are multiple applications that were discovered and that people now know of. One of them is quite harmless, although annoying, as people would use the popups to prank websites to put website users on a continuous loop which never ended and the second one if intended for malicious purposes.

It is easy to use this popup to inflict considerable harm to systems by completely restricting all access users have to their browser until the popup is interacted with. By deploying different methods of corrupting the system, attackers can use the popups to secure help from the other side.

RELATED STORIES TO CHECK OUT:

Discussions

Next up

Top 4 Blu-Ray creator software to create Blu-Ray videos

Daniel Segun By: Daniel Segun
Less than a 1 minute read

Blu-ray is, without doubt, the most powerful video content hub today, which is a marked improvement to the preceding DVD medium. However, its convenience of […]

Continue Reading

How can I recover PowerPoint passwords within minutes?

Daniel Segun By: Daniel Segun
5 minute read

Microsoft PowerPoint presentations usually contain important, sometimes classified, documents. Hence, most people tend to password-protect such documents against unauthorized access. However, what happens if you […]

Continue Reading

5 automated receptionist software for increased productivity

Madhuparna Sukul avatar. By: Madhuparna Sukul
Less than a 1 minute read

The reception desk is the face and voice of any organization. An automated receptionist software simplifies the entire process of visitor management. Whether it’s the customer, […]

Continue Reading