Just days after a report co-authored by Google claimed that the automatic update feature of the Chrome browser help improve security by silently installing patches without asking for approval from the user, the managed to demonstrate the downside of this approach.


On May 5th, a patch was rolled out to fix two security issues; just three days later, a second patch was necessary to fix crashes introduced in the security update:

Google Chrome’s Stable channel has been updated to version to fix a crash during startup for a small percentage of users.

QA for software is always hard, and sooner or later there will be an automatic update that causes issues for a large group of people. As long as the update doesn’t break the automatic updater, this can be fixed easily; but this incident will leave at least some people looking for the option to turn these silent updates off.