Critical Bug in Gmail integrated Chat

Well chat is a part of our day to day life (I use Gtalk). While chatting with my friends today who were using gmail integrated chat, I noticed that they were going offline every 2-3 minutes. Finally thanks to Sowmya Sudha, who came up with this critical bug in Gmail integrated chat. Here is what exactly happens when you chat using Gmail integrated chat:

Step 1: You open up a chat window to start chatting

Step 2: Pop out the chat box to get more space for writing and reading messages

Step 3: Now for some reason you decide to popin or close the poped out chat

And Bingo!

Your browser goes for a roll. Tested on Firefox and Flock. Surely will be same on Internet Explorer.

After failing to handle orkut apps efficiently, this is the second time I am seeing any critical bug from google. Are we going to see a downfall in google’s standards ??

Try out yourself.

  • you sure ?
    that didn’t work with me here 😛 must be some issue with your OS or browser.
    I tried with Vista+FF, Fedora+FF, and XP+FF.. all normal

  • Well I just reported to a friend of mine who works in google. He could replicate that.

    I did replicated this in WinXP + FF, WinXP+Flock.

    In flock it gives a warning which I showed in the above screen shot, while in FF it doesn’t give any warning and goes off straight.

    Since it was replicated till now by 3 different people in 3 different companies, I don’t think it is specific to my system configurations.

  • Akhilesh

    I am not really sure!!

    There is a pradigm shift in the internet technology shift these days.

    Once was a time when companies did the exhaustive testing inhouse and once they are done, only then they release it to the market. We had the concept of alpha, beta, blah blah, version terminology.

    But today, Compnaies open a software in the field and they take bugs/feedback from the users only. And this way they continuously enhance their products. The reason is COMPETIITON.

    I read it in a blog.

    Disclaimer: The ideas expressed are solely of user. Please don’t take anything for granted. 🙂

  • Akhilesh
  • Yes but then this could have been included in the Gmail Labs i.e. if user enables that option he will see this bug 😛 , else he can continue with previously tested stable version of google integrated chat 🙂

    Anyways nothing much can I say. I didn’t expect these small things to be put for user testing anyways.

  • I dont think so! I didn’t exprncd any such problem.

  • Hmmmm, then with two peoples reporting with no such issue for them I guess it has to do something with the system configuration. I am not sure what is wrong.

    Anyways I am no photoshop master, hence nothing fake here. You can see for yourself when the error box appears, in the background I have pop-in pressed.

    I am not sure what is causing the error.

  • Sowmya Sudha

    Well being the founder of the bug 😛 , I testify that my browser closed several times while chatting with abhi. I have even tested with linux and konqueror browser.

  • deepak


    Yes this happened with me too on Windows + XP

  • i doubt

  • might have been a specific case.

  • ya may be, but with 6 people till now confirming the fact I don’t this it is a specific case with me only.

    Anyways found something so thought of sharing 😉 , anyways Gmail and Gtalk rocks 🙂

  • deepak

    its giving error on mozilla, but working fine with ie7,

  • Yaa i too guess its a mozilla specific issue. Hence people getting this on mozilla and flock and not on IE.

    I have the following mozilla version
    Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US; rv: Gecko/20080404 Firefox/

    I couldn’t replicate the same on IE6 though

  • Gaurav Chauhan

    Worked fine with Internet Explorer 7 !

  • tibri

    works fine in IE 7.. don’t know abt other browsers..

    abe tujhe ye sab karne ka time kahan se mil jata hai?

  • hehe time nahi yaar, woh toh chat karte karte yeh nikal aaya….toh socha likh deta hoon 🙂

    Filhaal toh yaar openly nahi kahena chahiye, but aabhi toh time hi time raheta hai mere paas 😉

  • kishore

    the error that you have shown need not be a gmail error… the only thing that u can conclude is that there has been a runtime error in flock/firefox. now the cause of this cannot be determined. this is a critical error in flock/firefox that they happen to close wen they parse specific kind of js/html code. its like a code takes an input and crashes, that doesn’t mean the input is wrong. its that the code is not capable enough to handle that input. the thing is firefox and flock undergo lot of changes so its highly possible its their error. after all, i have to support google being a googler 🙂

  • hehe KK i totally agree with you. But then being Google you need to test it for all browsers and all versions. Anyways theek hai, it don’t matter much probably.

    But I remember yahoo chat used to have this problem before, I don’t think that was browser specific then. They have seemed to resolved that now. However with many people saying that it doesn’t happens for them , its hopefully something to do with mozilla and flock versions.

  • TAU

    bhailog it’s due to a bug in java … u all who are facing the prob can check n see that u all are using the same java version.

  • pratik

    KK seems to be correct.. the applet works fine on IE.. But the problems are only seen on firefox/flock..

    And this is specific for the newer version of gmail only…the older one works fine as I think a lot of ppl have tested..

  • Haan even I have tested and used the same thing in the past without a problem. I noticed this only today.

  • bhai apne pics mein Private information hide kar le 😛 koi chura sakta hai 😀

  • tune aaisi kya churaa li 😛

  • well much of a surprise. I never noticed there is a pop-up option there in web-based gtalk. Nice find. My firefox ( Windows XP sp2) crashed happily.

  • truly

    abe jhantu koi bug nahin hai ,,,, simply format ur system and reinstall or probably u can solve this problem using regedit,,,,,

  • Couldn’t replicate the bug on my windows XP + firefox 3.0….so I guess this is another reason to update to firefox 3.0 😀

  • alok

    bug to hai
    i was able to reproduce it on my XP + ff

    I will ask GV to report it although i wonder if a Microsoft guy should do that 😀

  • hmmm abhinav seems the bug is there… i told a friend on RHEL to try and heck it worked…

    Anirudh: it IS
    try this
    and tell me if it works for you ?
    stingindesert: yaar ek command ke liye 3 jane mil kar ke uska manual banate hain :O
    Anirudh: unix and linux are based on ideologies. and i love that 🙂
    though i don’t know much
    stingindesert: yaar u start it and u will fall in love with it
    unix has no end
    just tried abhinav singh
    thats why
    Anirudh: did that work ?
    stingindesert: yes
    Anirudh: error aaya tha ?
    stingindesert: he is rite
    Anirudh: great
    stingindesert: mein abhi RHEL pe hoon so no gtalk
    Anirudh: Firefox version bata
    stingindesert: toh firefox ke through
    Anirudh: aur RHEL version bata
    stingindesert: 5.0
    rhel ka
    Anirudh: okk
    stingindesert: and ff

    SO RHEL 5.0 and FF … the BUG works..


  • Yes no doubt the bug is there….i even replicated it on Vista + FF and Vista + Flock….

    Before I was able to replicate on XP+FF, XP+Flock and FreeBSD+Konqueror.

    However it works fine on IE6 and IE7

  • RD

    yaar, I could not find this issue.. , it works fine with IE6 sp2 and Firefox Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US; rv:1.9) Gecko/2008052906 Firefox/3.0 too.. you might have the older version of FF

  • I’m afraid RD, I am using Firefox 3 Gecko 🙂 with updates. FF3 wept

  • RD

    hey anirudh…

    what is this gecko stuff man? In my windows FF with version/build I mentioned, it did not weep [:)], it laughed its way to popping in and popping out smoothly [:d],

  • saale RD u shd not be asking what is geeko. It is the layout engine which browsers use. FF Flock all use this 🙂