Google urges users to download and install the latest Chrome update ASAP

Google urges users to download and install the latest Chrome update ASAP

Google urges users to download and install the latest Chrome update ASAP

While that specific exploit combination won't be effective against Chrome users who are running the latest browser version, the Windows exploit could still be used against people running older versions of Windows.

Earlier this week Google confirmed that a patch released for its popular Chrome browser contained a fix for a serious security flaw under active exploitation in the wild. It affects the browser across all desktop operating systems - Windows, Mac, Linux, Chrome OS - as well as Android.

Google says that when it discovered the vulnerability, it was reported to Microsoft 90-days ago, which is according to the company's standards. Exploits have only been seen in 32-bit Windows 7 systems, Google indicated. This is unlike such zero-day bugs found earlier which usually used Flash as the first exploit and that Flash happens to be a separate plugin that could be updated separately. "Microsoft has told us they are working on a fix". The latest version of the software, which includes a fix for the issue, is version 72.0.3626.121.

The last few years saw Microsoft telling Google how its browser was sub-par and Google showing Microsoft how its products were full of security flaws.

Detailed information about what will happen if users don't update their software has not yet been revealed. Well, the good news is here as the giant has released the new Google Chrome update for the users. To do so, simply locate the About Google Chrome option.

The problem stems from two vulnerabilities being exploited in combination - one in Chrome, and one in Windows. Either way, you can check for updates by clicking on the three vertical dots in the browser's upper-right corner and navigating to Help About Google Chrome. If an update is available to be installed, a color-coded update icon will be present on the menu.

Google has described the vulnerability as a memory management issue in Chrome's FileReader which can allow hackers to inject and execute malicious code.

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