updated 3/29/2012 4:07:12 PM ET 2012-03-29T20:07:12

Google has released the newest version of its Chrome Web browser, and in the process fixed nine security glitches and folded in the updated Adobe Flash Player that allows users to set the software to update automatically.

Of the nine bugs addressed in Chrome version 18, three were rated high-priority, meaning an attacker could exploit the flaws to gain control of an infected system. Google paid independent researchers a total of $12,000 to identify and report the bugs.

In Chrome 18 — the full title is 18.0.1025.142 — Google also included the newest version of Adobe Flash Player, which enables users to receive automatic silent software updates.

Along with the security upgrades, Google Chrome 18 is built to enable faster and sharper graphics. If you're already using Chrome, click on the wrench icon in the top right corner of your browser and select "About Google Chrome."

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