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I'm running Chromium like so : chromium --no-sandbox

I'm doing this because I'm running Debian Squeeze on an OpenVZ VM Container and it's the only way I can get it to work.

Though I keep reading this is terrible. But I want to know why exactly. Can someone please explain it to me?

Does someone need to hack into your computer to do damage? Or does the vulnerability come from a file on the web like a JavaScript file?

What if I locked browsing down to only a handful of "trusted" sites? (Gmail, stackexchange (ofcourse), and facebook)

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Long time since I've seen facebook and trusted in same sentence ;) Anyheuw; does this help? Or the more detailed devel doc. Google themselves recommend using another browser then using Chrome without sandbox. Tried opera? – Runium Mar 22 '13 at 19:46
Wow. It does help a lot. I'm using Iceweasel just fine but I want my bookmarks that I've syncd in chrome. – capdragon Mar 22 '13 at 20:08
I suppose I should use xmarks then. – capdragon Mar 22 '13 at 20:20
@Sukminder Please enter your comment as an answer so I can give you credit. – capdragon Mar 22 '13 at 20:21
up vote 1 down vote accepted

Was not sure I could post it as an answer as I did not specifically address "where vulnerability comes from" - and mere refs then own words. But anyhow –

Hopefully this shed some light on the topic of sanbox:

And as stated, Google themselves recommend using another browser then using Chrome without sandbox. And then obviously understood as if one can fix it then that would be preferred ;)

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That's okay. those references give me all the information I need to know. – capdragon Mar 24 '13 at 19:50

For 64 bit Linux, download the zip file at http://commondatastorage.googleapis.com/chromium-browser-continuous/index.html

Extract the file - you will get a folder called chromium-linux

Move the folder to wherever you want - I move it to my /home folder. Navigate to that folder and open a terminal there (the previous two steps may be reversed).

Run these four commands individually:

sudo mv chrome_sandbox chrome-sandbox
sudo chown root chrome-sandbox
sudo chmod 4755 chrome-sandbox

When I do that, I am good to go.

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