Download Microsoft Edge 106 That Rewrites Defender SmartScreen Library

This update addresses 9 Chromium-based security threats and 1 Edge-specific spoofing vulnerability, with the highest threat severity of “High.”

Microsoft Edge Generic

It is now time for Microsoft to update its Edge browser with new features, policies, and security updates. Edge version 106.0.1370.34 has been released which you can upgrade to using the given guide down below.

This Edge release includes 9 Chromium-based and 1 Edge-specific security update. However, the highest severity rating of these security updates is “High,” and not “Critical.” The Edge-specific vulnerability addressed is CVE-2022-41035 which is a spoofing vulnerability whose severity is “Moderate.”

Some new features have also been introduced with this release, while some policies have been deprecated and will become obsolete in the next release. Edge 106 offers a more reliable web defense as it rewrites the Microsoft Defender SmartScreen library. Moreover, Microsoft has also increased the maximum number of work results from 2 to 4 in the Omnibox search.

Release Summary

  • Complete Release Build: 106.0.1370.34
  • Release Date: Monday, October 3rd, 2022
  • Compatibility: Windows 1110, 8.1, 7 (32-bit and 64-bit), Mac, Linux, iOS, and Android.
  • Previous BuildEdge 105
  • Bug Fixes: 10. More information about security fixes can be found here.

Improvements in Edge 106

Feature Improvements

Microsoft has improved the web defense for Microsoft Edge. The Microsoft Defender SmartScreen library which was introduced with Edge 103, will now be rewritten with improved performance, making your browsing more secure.

Moreover, the NewSmarScreenLibraryEnabled policy is now deprecated and will become obsolete when Edge 107 is released later this month.

Microsoft has also increased the maximum number of results that appear below the Omnibox from 2 to 4, offering greater visibility to more work results. However, for this change to take effect the AddressBarMicrosoftSearchInBingProiderEnabled policy needs to be enabled, which can be found at the following location inside the Group Policy editor:

Computer Coniguration >> Administrative Templates >> Windows Components >> Microsoft Edge >> Configure search suggestions in Address bar

New Policies

The following list of policies has been introduced with Edge 106:

  • EfficiencyModeEnabled

    Description: Enables efficiency mode which helps extend battery life by saving computer resources. By default, efficiency mode is enabled for devices with a battery and disabled otherwise.

    Location:

    Computer Coniguration >> Administrative Templates >> Windows Components >> Microsoft Edge >> Configure Efficiency mode
  • EfficiencyModeOnPowerEnabled

    Description: Allows efficiency mode to become active when the device is connected to a power source. On devices with no battery, this policy has no effect.

    Location:

    Computer Coniguration >> Administrative Templates >> Windows Components >> Microsoft Edge >> Configure efficiency mode when the device is connected to a power source
  • InternetExplorerIntegrityAlwaysUseOSCapture

    Description: Configure this policy to control whether Microsoft Edge will use the “OS capture engine” or the “Browser capture engine” when capturing browser windows in the same process using the screen-share APIs.

    Location:

    Computer Coniguration >> Administrative Templates >> Windows Components >> Microsoft Edge >> Configure always use OS capture engine

Deprecated and Obsolete Policies

Some policies have also been deprecated with Edge 106, while some have become obsolete.

Deprecated Policies:

  • NewSmartScreenLibraryEnabled
  • ShadowStackCrashRollbackBehavior

Obsolete Policies:

  • OulookHubMenuEnabled
  • EdgeDiscoverEnabled

Update to Edge 106

If you already have Microsoft Edge on your PC, you can simply upgrade it to the latest build using the guide given further down below. If not, use the links given in the next section to install it now.

Microsoft Edge comes preinstalled in Windows 11 and 10. Learn how to uninstall Microsoft Edge. If you wish to reinstall Edge, you can go here.

  1. Click on the ellipses in the top-right corner of the browser, expand Help and feedback, and then click About Microsoft Edge.

    About Microsoft Edge
    About Microsoft Edge
  2. Edge will now begin to scan for an update, and then download and install it if one is available. Once the download is completed, you will need to Restart the browser.

    Restart Edge
    Restart Edge

Once it relaunches, you can return to the About page and check that it has been updated to version 106.0.1370.34.

Edge updated
Edge updated

Download Security Baseline for Microsoft Edge 106

The security baseline for Edge 106 is pretty much the same as it was for Edge 98, except for the few policy changes which we have already mentioned above. To gain more control over the browser and your PC, you can install this security baseline using the given steps:

  1. Open the page for Microsoft Security Compliance Toolkit 1.0. Scroll down and then click Download.

    download 1
    Download Microsoft Security Compliance Toolkit
  2. Check the box next to Microsoft Edge v98 Baseline.zip (and any other baselines you may require) and then click Next.

    next 3
    Select security baseline
  3. Your download should now begin. When downloaded, extract the files into a separate folder.

  4. When extracted, navigate to the following location within the extracted folder:

    Microsoft Edge v98 Security Baseline >> Scripts
  5. Now right-click Baseline-LocalInstall and click on Run with PowerShell from the context menu.

    run with pwsh
    Run baseline with PowerShell

    To run the baseline for Active Directory, you should run the Baseline-ADImport script instead.

  6. The script will now run automatically. Wait for the PowerShell window to close on its own.

You have now successfully installed the latest security baseline for Microsoft Edge 106.

With that, there is also an issue with this Edge update.

Closing Thoughts

Since this update does not address any critical vulnerabilities, therefore there is no rush to install the latest Edge release at the moment. That said, we always recommend that you have the latest available software installed to mitigate any issues and security threats unless they introduce more problems than they fix.

There are currently no known issues with Edge, which is why it may be safe to upgrade to Edge 106.

Microsoft Edge Update History

Edge VersionRelease DateFeatures
Edge 10727-Oct-22Improved sidebar, new policies and security fixes.
Edge 1063-Oct-22Improved web defense and increased the maximum number of search results to 4
Edge 1052-Sep-22Improvements to IE mode and enhanced security
Edge 1045-Aug-22Support to import data and have enhanced security on the web
Edge 10323-Jun-22Improvements for online and web gaming
Edge 10231-May-22With reverse image search and security improvements
Edge 1001-Apr-22Sends 3-digit user agent string, PDF updates, and hardware-enforces stack protection
Edge 993-Mar-22Custom primary password and PDF navigation
Edge 984-Feb-22Edge Bar, reduced resource consumption
Edge 976-Jan-22Auto-citation, endpoint data loss prevention (DLP)
Edge 9610-Dec-21Super duper secure mode, typosquatting
Edge 9015-Apr-21SSO, PDF printing
Edge 8821-Jan-21Password generator, transparent privacy controls
Microsoft Edge history

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Subhan Zafar is an established IT professional with interests in Windows and Server infrastructure testing and research, and is currently working with Itechtics as a research consultant. He has studied Electrical Engineering and is also certified by Huawei (HCNA & HCNP Routing and Switching).

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