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Status: Fixed
Closed: Aug 2012
EstimatedDays: ----
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OS: Windows
Pri: 1
Type: Bug-Regression

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Issue 144253: REGRESSION: Certain websites' favicons not showing on tab buttons

Reported by, Aug 22 2012

Issue description

Chrome Version       : 23.0.1242.0 2012-08-22
OS Version: 5.1 (Windows XP)
URLs (if applicable) :
Other browsers tested:
Add OK or FAIL after other browsers where you have tested this issue:
     Safari 5: OK
 Firefox 15.0: OK (Beta)
 Firefox 16a2: OK (Aurora)
 Firefox 17a1: OK (Nightly)
          IE8: Half OK (Facebook) / Half FAIL (BBC)

What steps will reproduce the problem?
1. Navigate to either of the above URLs
2. Look at the favicon on the tab button. 

What is the expected result?

You see either a Facebook logo or BBC logo, respectively.

What happens instead?

You just get the standard "Blank Page" icon

Please provide any additional information below. Attach a screenshot if

The Google Code website and the DuckDuckGo search engine show the favicon, so it only affects certain sites.

UserAgentString: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 5.1) AppleWebKit/537.6 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/23.0.1242.0 Safari/537.6

Comment 1 by, Aug 22 2012

Sorry, for IE8 facbook failed and BBC Passed

Comment 2 by, Aug 22 2012

Gmail fails for me, as well as my personal web site, but it is only some of the bookmarks to my personal web site, not all, even though they all reference the same favicon file.

Comment 3 by, Aug 23 2012

Just noticed something: On the same computer, Chrome Dev (22.0.1229.12) Works, whilst Canary (now 23.0.1243.0) doesn't

Comment 4 by, Aug 23 2012

Labels: -Type-Bug -Pri-2 -Area-Undefined Type-Regression Pri-1 Area-UI Feature-Browser Mstone-23 ReleaseBlock-Beta Action-BisectNeeded
Status: Untriaged
Summary: REGRESSION: Certain websites' favicons not showing on tab buttons
Problem [Confirmed] on Windows Canary 23.0.1242.0 (Official Build 152746)

Comment 5 by, Aug 23 2012

Peter, could your historydb change cause this? Do we need to force a db cache eviction or something?

(This seems to be m23 only; my stuff is all merged to m22 which seems to not have this issue.)

Comment 6 by, Aug 23 2012

Comment 7 by, Aug 23 2012

 Issue 144104  has been merged into this issue.

Comment 8 by, Aug 23 2012

The dupe said this started this weekend, so it's fairly likely this is pkotwicz's change I'd say.

Comment 9 by, Aug 23 2012

I am looking at the issue right now

Comment 10 by, Aug 24 2012

Unable to repro this issue on Latest Canary#23.0.1243.2, Latest Dev#23.0.1243.2, Latest Beta#22.0.1229.14 and Latest Stable#21.0.1180.83 on Windows7 machine.

Need to confirm with Win XP machine.

@Prudhvi, could you please verify this on XP machine?


Comment 11 by, Aug 24 2012

Windows XP, Chrome 23.0.1243.2 dev-m, problem experienced today with me [last update of Chrome Dev?] in Gmail [sometimes] and YouTube favicon.

Comment 12 by, Aug 24 2012

This problem can be consistently reproduced in this way:
1) Go to,
2) Modify the 'last_updated' field from the favicon_bitmaps table and set it to 0.
This pretends that neither of these pages was visited in a long time and requires the favicon to be redownloaded from the web.
3) Visit
4) Now visit
Notice that the blank page favicon is used for

Comment 13 by, Aug 25 2012

Okay, When 23.0.1243.2 Dev (was canary 1-2 days ago) was released, the problem went away in Dev, whilst in the same canary version, it doesn't (unless in Incognito).

Today's update on Canary (23.0.1244.1) still fails. Also, going into chrome://favicon/ also shows the blank page favicon.

I hope this helps!

Comment 15 by, Aug 26 2012

Status: Fixed

Comment 16 by, Aug 30 2012

 Issue 145303  has been merged into this issue.

Comment 17 by, Aug 30 2012

This problem should be fixed with 23.0.1246.0
Please send comments if this is not the case,

Comment 18 by, Aug 30 2012

This problem is NOT fixed with 23.0.1246.0 under Mac OS 10.6.8 on my
system, alas. Do you need a screen shot?

Comment 19 by, Aug 30 2012

anthony.wight157, a screenshot would be useful.
Note that bookmark favicons should fix themselves only once you actually visit the site.

Comment 20 by, Aug 30 2012


Comment 21 by, Sep 10 2012

Issue chrome-os-partner:12948 has been merged into this issue.

Comment 22 by, Oct 14 2012

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Comment 23 by, Mar 9 2013

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Labels: -Action-BisectNeeded Needs-Bisect

Comment 24 by, Mar 9 2013

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Labels: -Type-Regression -Area-UI -Feature-Browser -Mstone-23 Type-Bug-Regression M-23 Cr-UI Cr-UI-Browser-Core

Comment 25 by, Mar 14 2013

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