Chrome disable WebUSB and WebBluetooth

Watch out for its new features WebUSB and WebBluetooth: Web browsers use more and more APIs for more functionality.

But this is not always good.

Two recent additions to Chrome, the WebUSB and WebBluetooth APIs, allow websites to interact with that are connected to the computer running the browser.Chrome

This can be very useful, but sometimes the pro new features has unintended consequences.

WebUSB and WebBluetooth APIs, for example, leave gaps που επιτρέπουν πολύ εξελιγμένες επιθέσεις ηλεκτρονικού “ψαρέματος” (phishing). Οι επιθέσεις αυτές θα μπορούσαν να παρακάμψουν συσκευές ελέγχου δύο παραγόντων που χρησιμοποιούν Θύρες USB, όπως την Yubikey.

Security researchers have recently shown that Chrome browser WebUSB functionality can also be used to communicate directly with two-factor authentication devices, not just the Google U2F API.

Η it bypasses any protection offered by two-factor authentication devices.

Chrome displays a prompt when it encounters a page that tries to use the WebUSB or WebBluetooth API. The user should allow the request and type or paste their account username and password on the page they want to connect to.

Users should pay due attention to dialogs that appear asking for permissions. Websites designed for attacks could provide assurances and prompts that the permissions they request are necessary for the best functionality of the device.

So if you want to disable the two features from the Chrome you're using, you'll need to install the extensions Disable WebUSB and Disable WebBluetooth .

The two add-ons block APIs in the browser.

So if you don't use WebUSB and WebBluetooth features, these extensions are a temporary solution until Google fixes security issues.

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