Is Ubuntu Chromium still safe to use since its so out of date?



Install Latest Version of Chromium from new PPA

While Chromium team ppas won't release new versions of Chromium browser, Alex Shkop will try to maintain more-or-less fresh releases of Chromium. Two PPAs were built for Chromium stable and Chromium development version. Install Latest Version of Chromium: For now, two PPAs only provide packages for Ubuntu 12.04.

To add Chromium Stable PPA (currently it's version 21):

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:a-v-shkop/chromium

To add Chromium Dev PPA (currently it's version 23):

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:a-v-shkop/chromium-dev 

After added a PPA, update your repository and install Chromium:

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install chromium-browser
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    Does not answer the question. – Marius K Apr 12 '13 at 12:01

The version in the archive is current Chromium 18, that's three major stable releases behind Google Chrome, so yes, it is vulnerable for every issue Chrome has fixed in the past three releases.

Since Chromium is in universe it's really a manpower/best effort issue, whereas Firefox is in main and gets full security team support. Another option is to build/download your own Chromium or use Google Chrome, which is updated on Google's schedule. Personally I use Chrome.

Some other options:

  • Even the Chromium from the Webapps PPA may not be as secure and stable as the Chrome of equivalent version number since Chromium builds do not get any stability or security improvements that are subsequently applied by Google as Chromium evolves to Chrome dev and then to Chrome beta and then to Chrome stable. IMO, Chromium is more of a caveat emptor thing than Chrome. – user25656 Aug 18 '12 at 2:09
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    As Jorge Castro pointed out, "it's really a manpower/best effort issue" by the community. For the curious, here are two links with background on the difficulty of prepping Chromium: 1, and 2. – user25656 Aug 18 '12 at 11:29

If you use the snap version of chromium (available here), you can run your browser in a contained environment. This way you eliminate most of the risks associated with browser bugs, known or not.

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