What is the difference between chrome extensions and plugins…?
From: Chrome Extensions
–> “An additional info: At Chrome there is (up to now) no real difference between the word extension and plugin. Chrome plugins are just called “extension”.”
From: Chrome Plugin v. Extension - what's the difference?
–> no answer yet, but still an active discussion…
FROM: Google Chrome - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
, the following three snippets:
—> “Typically, plugins such as Adobe Flash Player are not standardized and as such, cannot be sandboxed as tabs can be. These often need to run at, or above, the security level of the browser itself. To reduce exposure to attack, plugins are run in separate processes that communicate with the renderer, itself operating at “very low privileges” in dedicated per-tab processes. Plugins will need to be modified to operate within this software architecture while following the principle of least privilege. Chrome supports the Netscape Plugin Application Programming Interface (NPAPI), but does not support the embedding of ActiveX controls. ”
AND / OR / BUT : )
—> “Version 4.0 was released for Windows on 25 January 2010, adding extension support, bookmark synchronization, improved developer tools, better HTML5 support, performance improvements, and increased security.”
—> ‘” Improved plugin performance and reliability. Spell checking for input fields. Improved web proxy performance and reliability. Tab and window management updates. “, for version 0.3 (2008-10-29).
So in short… I THINK that plugins made by 3th parties to supply “default’ services for their properietair service (like flash, adobe, …). If not provided by the Chrome browser itself (like Flash with version 5), then it has to be run as an insecure process, managed outside the sandbox.
Extensions on the other hand are written for the Chrome Extensions Galery. The sourcecode is public???? Viewable for other programmers??? And they can run INSIDE the sandbox???
SO, if what I THINK actually is true… The question that remains is: IS THERE AN EXTENSION UPDATER for Chrome?? Not being a plugin updater like Secbrowsing extension…
Feadback much appreciated!
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