Several complaints allege that Google Chrome crashes while attempting to save a file to a NAS or cloud backup disc.
In January 2023, a user reported that the 32-bit Windows version of Chrome 109 was unable to save files to a universal naming convention (UNC) path, with the error message stating that the problem was that the save destination folder “contains system files.”
Nonetheless, the problem was replicated on macOS using the Arm64 version of Chrome 109 by testing bug demo code from a different complaint. The report also found that other browsers, including Mozilla Firefox and Microsoft Edge (which is based on Chromium), were able to save files to shared drives without any issues.
Project Fugu at Google: Poorly Prepped
Caused by the showOpenFilePicker() function in Google’s File System Access API, an initiative to provide web applications access to local files and directories, this is the basis of the problem.
In its current form, the API was introduced in 2019 as part of the tech giant’s Project Fugu, an initiative that aims to grant web apps the same permissions as native platform apps in response to Apple’s tendency to tame the Webkit-based Safari browser, which is prone to security issues.
Other, more privacy-focused browsers have been available for some time on Apple devices, and in September 2020, as part of iOS 14, users will be able to make one of these browsers their default.
Therefore, the isolated components of Project Fugu seem like a fantastic approach to unlock an Apple device in light of Apple’s firm control over the programmes it wants consumers to use, despite EU concerns.
According to The Register, an engineer from Google said, “limiting UNC routes damaged a lot of genuine use cases,” therefore addressing the problem is now a top priority for the next stable release of Chrome 110 on the final day of January 2023.
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