Google announced today five new rules for the Chrome Web Store, the portal where users go to download Chrome extensions. The new rules are primarily meant to prevent malicious extensions from reaching the Web Store, but also to reduce the amount of damage they do client-side. More security news Facebook says it detected security breach after traffic spike Mission impossible: Can you regain access after Twitter lockout? Web inventor Berners-Lee creates a new privacy first way of dealing with the internet Python is a hit with hackers, report finds No more extensions with obfuscated code The first new rule that Google announced today is in regards to code readability. According to Google, starting today, the Chrome Web Store will no longer allow extensions with obfuscated code. Obfuscation is the deliberate act of creating source code that is difficult for humans to understand. This should not be confused with minified (compressed) code. Minification or compression refers to the practice of removing whitespace, newlines, or shortening variables for the sake of performance. Minified code can be easily de-minified, while deobfuscating obfuscated code takes a lot of time According to Google, around 70 percent of all the malicious Chrome extensions the company blocks use code obfuscation. Since code obfuscation also adds a performance hit, Google argues there are no advantages in using code obfuscation at all, hence the reason to ban such extensions altogether. Developers have until January 1st, 2019 to remove any obfuscated code from their extension. New extensions review process The… [Read full story]
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