Google Patches Zero-Day Flaw in Chrome Under Active Attacks

Google Patches Zero-Day Flaw in Chrome Under Active Attacks

The fix is included in Chrome 72.0.3626.121 for Android and desktop platforms.

Most users who saw the company's release didn't think too much about a run-of-the-mill Chrome update, which Google provides on a regular basis, sometimes for the smallest of bugs.

This should update Chrome to the latest version and remove any security vulnerabilities.

Bottom line: Google is urging Chrome users to update their browsers immediately after a zero-day exploit that could give hackers direct access to a user's OS has been found.

Attackers combined an exploit for this vulnerability with an exploit for CVE-2019-5786, a use-after-free bug in Chrome's FileReader component.

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All Chrome users have been advised to use the browser's built-in update tool to update Chrome to the latest update in order to avoid future issues with the bug.

The vulnerability exploits a security flaw known as CVE-2019-5786.

Schuh made the suggestion on Twitter, in which he pointed to a recent update to Chrome's Stable Channel for desktop systems. If your browser has 72.0.3626.121 as the version, it is up to date (and will say so). From there, you will be able to see your version number.

But when the browser code needs to be refreshed, the change takes effect after a restart, done manually in most cases.

Chrome OS users can update their version by selecting settings, then going to the menu and selecting "About Chrome OS". 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. Google has acknowledged the existence of exploits using this vulnerability already existing in the wild.

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