A Call for Help Resolving Google Chrome Issue

Chrome BugI have been observing the issue with Google Chrome mainly on Mac OS X, that in some instance, the browser would show wrong URL and page title.

For instance, the screenshot on this page shows problem — the page I’ve navigated was creativecommons.org, but page title shows “New tab” (my UI is set to Japanese, thus showing it in Japanese) as it also shows chrome://newtab. Reloading this page would cause new tab page to load, and forward and back functionality will function as if it was on the page display on the URL displayed. (If navigated slashdot.org then cnn.com, and then navigated to creativecommons.org — if the bar says http://www.cnn.com/ then refreshing will refresh to cnn.com, back button will put you back to slashdot.org, and once you are back to slashdot.org pressing forward button will cause cnn.com to load. I observe is this can happen in any pages, and persists until I kill the browser process of the page instance. As annoying this could be, this also carries security implication, as one could be navigating to website for bank, and if they have navigated to possible phishing site, the browser still will show URL and title for the bank. So far I have observed this issue on Mac OS X, but it might be happening on other operating systems, too.

I reported this as issue 82073 (may not be visible as it is security issue) however was told they won’t fix unless I have repro step. As I feel it is very critical issue, I would like to see if I can provide them repro step, and the first step is to find out if there are any patterns. However, so far I haven’t found the cause yet.

If you happen to see this issue, please let me know of your environment, URL of the site affected, browser version, extensions installed, as well as any operations you have been doing when you observed the issue. As the security bug, if Google is to offer bounty on it, I will see if they’ll be able to split it among contributors, and if not, I will refuse such payment and have it donated to charity. Main thing is that I want this to be addressed.

Thank you for your help in advance!