Urgent warning for Chrome users ahead of major browser update
Some of the world’s biggest websites could crash due to an upcoming browser update to Chrome, Edge and Firefox, web developers have warned.
Billions of web users could be affected by the update – Chrome, Edge and Firefox have around 4 billion users combined – as all three browsers move to version number “100”.
This is the first time browsers have used a three-digit version number, which many top-tier websites are apparently not prepared for.
Yahoo, HBO Go, and T-Mobile are among the sites that might not be able to process Chrome, Edge, and Firefox 100 because outdated code means they’ll only check the first two digits and read it as “10.” , thus blocking the sites. .
A comprehensive list of sites that fail to load with the latest browser versions is housed in an online repository, which includes Screwfix, Daimler and EurosportPlayer among those unprepared for the change.
Chrome and Edge are both currently on version 8, while Firefox is on 97, but the unified update to ‘100’ could mean users of these browsers won’t be able to open sites that don’t yet support load this version.
“Major version 100 is a milestone for Chrome and Firefox. It also has the potential to cause websites to crash as we move from a two-digit version number to a three-digit version number,” wrote explained Mozilla web developers in a blog post.
“When browsers first hit version 10 just over 12 years ago, many issues were discovered with the User-Agent parsing libraries, as the major version number jumped from a number two.”
The flaw is reminiscent of the Y2K bug, which caused widespread fear that websites, computer systems and IT infrastructure were unprepared for the year 1999 to 2000.
In an effort to mitigate the impact of the next update, Google plans to freeze Chrome’s version number as “99” in its ID code.
Mozilla also reportedly has a contingency plan of releasing “patches” for individual websites to its Firefox browser.
The update is expected to roll out within the next two months, according to Mozilla, with web engineers setting a May 3 release date on FireFox.
The Chrome 100 update will come much faster, with the release currently scheduled for March 29.