Google Chrome on Linux Gets a New Security Upgrade

If you are using a Linux system, then your Google Chrome browser is now getting a new security upgrade. This new feature is shortly called DNS over HTTPS or DoH, in which queries and responses that are connected to the DNS pass on to the HTTPS.

This feature is already available for Windows, Mac, Android and iOS browsers. However, it has reached late to Linux. Let’s get the facts clearly.

What is the New Feature Exactly that Google Chrome Finally Introduced to Linux?

DoH is a privacy and security feature of Google Chrome. When you navigate a website, your browser enquires which server the website comes from. This is a DNS query which takes place on an encrypted HTTPS channel with the DoH feature. The DNS response too will be transferred to the same channel.

Why Did This Feature Come to Linux Now?

The DoH feature makes use of Chrome’s built-in DNS client. However, this was disabled in Linux by default. The advanced DNS configuration of Linux had created complications which led to failure of adding the security update in that operating system.

However, Chrome established a new browser support that is solid enough to read and parse the DNS configuration in Linux. If the configurations do not support DoH, it will automatically be disabled.

When Can We Expect the DoH Upgrade to Appear on Google Chrome Linux?

As of now, Chrome has not confirmed the exact date of release of this upgrade. They have clearly stated this will neither be auto upgraded nor will it use the built-in resolver. The feature will be tested for a few weeks and will arrive as version 91 or 92 on Linux.

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