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The Link That Can Crash Chrome: http://a/%%30%30

The Link That Can Crash Chrome: http://a/%%30%30

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http://tomscott.com - http://twitter.com/tomscott - In the news today: a link which, when moused over or clicked on, crashes Google Chrome. It's a heck of a bug: but how does it work, and what does it have to do with "null-terminated strings"? TECH DETAILS: https://code.google.com/p/chromium/issues/detail?id=533361



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