Update Google Chrome Right Now

Update Google Chrome Right Now

This should update Chrome to the latest version and remove any security vulnerabilities. Google researchers privately reported the vulnerability to Microsoft, in keeping with its vulnerability disclosure policy.

Another day, another major security hole is found in a widely used piece of software. The aim is for all Chrome browsers to be at version 72.0.3626.121 or greater to gain protections against this exploit. The reason he is sounding the alarm is because the latest update to Chrome mitigates a zero-day security hole labeled as CVE-2019-5786.

As explained on Forbes by Darvey Winder, zero-day vulnerability is a security flaw which was developed by hackers to harm your personal data, and thus your device. While web browsers update automatically without an issue, it's still good to check and be better safe than sorry.

Google has kept a lid on further details, arguing that it makes sense to limit awareness of the technical nature of the exploit until users have had a chance to update Chrome. Google recommends that Chrome users restart their browser to ensure the patches are applied. This can limit the number of attacks, but it is also important to remember that 38.4% of Windows users still use Windows 7. Also, do note that "use-after-free" category of bugs allow for the execution of malicious code at most.

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If it is just a plugin, Chrome is actually smart enough that it could silently update the plugin behind the scenes without any user intervention.

Travis Biehn, technical strategist at Synopsys Inc. told SiliconANGLE that Google Chrome is robustly engineered in its use of the C and C++ programming languages and the security teams working on Chrome are "world-class". On the other hand, this zero-day exploit requires the user to manually restart the browser, so even if the update is installed on your system, you still have to close and reopen the browser for it to take effect.

According to Google, attacks combining the recently-patched security flaw in Google's Chrome web browser with the win32k.sys privilege escalation flaw have been observed.

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