Google Chrome 67 features new APIs, WebAuthn, and biometric technology

Avatar By Le Williams | 2 years ago

Google Inc. releases Chrome 67 for Windows, Mac, and Linux, bringing 34 security fixes and default support for WebAuthn, which meets the new specification aimed at making password login requirement obsolete.

Chrome 67 is notably the first version of Chrome to enable support for WebAuthn by default, offering a way to sign up to websites using biometrics like fingerprints or facial images stored in a smartphone, or USB hardware like Yubikey’s authentication device.

Chrome 67 also introduces support for the Generic Sensor API, a W3C specification developed by Intel, which expands the use of sensors from native apps to web applications in gaming, VR and AR, and fitness tracking.

An additional feature in Chrome 67 that could support AR and VR developers on the web includes the WebXR Device API. Google proclaims that the feature will help unify experiences across mobile VR headsets like Daydream or Samsung’s Gear VR, and desktop headsets including Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, and the various Windows Mixed Reality headsets.

The API also supports a range of other applications, including immersive 360-degree videos, 2D or 3D videos presented in immersive surroundings, data visualization, home shopping, and art.

HPKP or HTTP public key pinning (HPKP), a web security standard developed by Google, has now been deprecated in Chrome 67. Google flagged this change last year, citing low adoption and the potential for abuse for its move away from HPKP in favor of Certificate Transparency.