We Were Right: Google Confirms Chrome Is To Blame For Crashing MacBooks

In a statement issued directly to Gizmodo these evening, a spokesperson for Google has confirmed that Chrome is indeed to blame for our frozen and crashing new MacBook Airs.

"We have identified a leak of graphics resources in the Chrome browser related to the drawing of plugins on Mac OS X. Work is proceeding to find and fix the root cause of the leak.

The resource leak is causing a kernel panic on Mac hardware containing the Intel HD 4000 graphics chip (e.g. the new Macbook Airs). Radar bug number 11762608 has been filed with Apple regarding the kernel panics, since it should not be possible for an application to trigger such behaviour.

While the root cause of the leak is being fixed, we are temporarily disabling some of Chrome's GPU acceleration features on the affected hardware via an auto-updated release that went out this afternoon (Thursday June 28). We anticipate further fixes in the coming days which will re-enable many or all of these features on this hardware."

Keep an eye on their Chrome release blog for forthcoming updates.

Toldja so!



    its alright, the amount of times quick time borked a computer would surprise you

    Is it really Chrome though?
    "since it should not be possible for an application to trigger such behaviour."
    More like Chrome was used to find a bug/vulnerability in those new Airs.

      Read it again.... summary: the fault was to do with Chrome (the resource leak), but the fact that it triggered a kernel panic was an oversight on Apple's part because, sensibly speaking, it should not be possible for such a fault in an application to trigger a kernel panic.

        So...? This is my point exactly. Any program can have such a resource leak, but the fact that it resulted in such a situation is due to a bug with the Airs :)

    They're both to blame.

    Google for having the bug. Apple for allowing a piece of software to take out the system.

      Do you know what a kernel panic is? Its the system reacting to a bug or security breach of the system, and to prevent any further risk of data corruption or breaching of the system files it halts all processes to enable a safe reboot of the system. I ask the question again, what the fuck was google chrome up to, to cause a system kernel panic?

        Which is why it is both of their fault. The OS still shouldn't allow the application to get it into that state.

        You yourself said it: "Its the system reacting to a bug or security breach of the system"

        No, it is the system reacting to a FATAL ERROR. Any number of things could cause it, not just a bug, and it is done to attempt to provide error data before a crash. The crash is inevitable, the kernel panic doesn't initiate it, it responds to it.

        Vista and Win 7 are very very good at isolating application issues. For all anyone knows, the same leaks could be present in the Windows version of Chrome without causing it to crash. To assume it is all Google's fault is stupid. More importantly, if OS X can't contain this kind of bug, it would be hard to trust it to be secure against a deliberate attempt by malware to destabilise the system.

        Is it me or does the amount of Adware and tracking cookies and things of that nature dramatically increase when you use Chrome ?

    Not Google's fault. They wrote code that was stable, then Apple changed their code/hardware to no longer be compatible, and it is their code which allows a crash, with no way of testing their existing code before release. It's a moving target. Really Apple are wrong here and should take full blame because (1) They failed regression testing with existing apps and (2) they allow a user mode Application to crash the lernel. If Google released code AFTER testing it on the new Air and it caused crashes, THEN it would be partially Google's fault.

      Exactly. I don't think Apple even do any regression testing.

    Hahahahahaha funny good one Google. I just wish Google would just supporting mac and ios, but they do get good revenue from the users so I guess that helps android more then a clean cut.

    The thing you have to remember is that google isn't neccesarily worried about Apple for computers and they probably want MORE people using Chrome because that can get them locked into the google Play store in the long run which will allow google to overcome apple in the market. Though to be honest I don't think either company is to blame (maybe apple because they could have tested chrome on their new machines where as apple didn't have a spare brand new macbook to test their browser on)

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