Google removes support for FTP and old-gen U2F security keys in Chrome 95
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Catalin Cimpanu October 20, 2021

Google removes support for FTP and old-gen U2F security keys in Chrome 95

Google removes support for FTP and old-gen U2F security keys in Chrome 95

Google has released today Chrome v95, the latest version of its popular web browser, a version that contains several changes that will likely cause problems for a considerable part of its users.

The problematic changes include:

  • removing support for File Transfer Protocol (FTP) URLs — ftp://
  • removing support for the Universal 2nd Factor (U2F) standard, used in old-generation security keys (Chrome will only support FIDO2/WebAuth security keys going forward)
  • adding file size limits for browser cookies [see here]
  • removing support for URLs with non-IPv4 hostnames ending in numbers, such as http://example.0.1 [see here]

In addition to breaking changes, Chrome 95 also comes with a new UI component called the “Side Panel,” which can be used to view the Chrome browser’s Reading List and Bookmarks. This panel can be enabled via the following Chrome flag:

chrome://flags/#side-panel

Chrome95-side-panel
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Additionally, Chrome 95 also ships with developer-focused changes and security fixes. Other changes are detailed in the image below:

Chrome95-release-notes
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Catalin Cimpanu is a cybersecurity reporter for The Record. He previously worked at ZDNet and Bleeping Computer, where he became a well-known name in the industry for his constant scoops on new vulnerabilities, cyberattacks, and law enforcement actions against hackers.