Many sites can break in the anniversary version of Chrome 100. Google already knows

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Google Chrome will soon reach version 100, and it looks like some sites will stop working with the release of the update. Google is aware of the potential problem and is already exploring solutions. It’s all about the browser’s three-digit index, as well as one of the most popular website builders, Duda.

According to the Chromium Bug Tracker, sites created with Duda are primarily vulnerable. They all use the same piece of code that checks the Chrome version. Since many sites are designed to work with specific browsers, they send the content of the web page based on the User-Agent value they receive in response. This line contains various information, mainly for compatibility with sites from the 1990s and early 2000s. Here is an example of the User-Agent string:

Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 10.0; Win64; x64) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/96.0.4664.45 Safari/537.36

The text indicates the versions of the operating system and browsers. Most developers only care about the first two digits in Chrome’s long index, and Duda interprets the version number this way. Therefore, Chrome 100 will be perceived as version 10. But the problem is not even that, but that Duda automatically blocks any version of the Google browser below 40. Accordingly, sites will not open, considering that the user has an outdated browser.

Google is already testing solutions to prevent this from happening. The company intends to contact the developers about the upcoming issue. As a fallback, the search giant has already added a special flag to the chrome: // flags page that will swap the numbers with the Chrome version number. For example, instead of “Chrome / 100.0.1234.56 “will be” Chrome / 99.100.1234,56».

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