In the world of computers, and web software in particular, there exists a constant struggle between the authors of the applications and frameworks that we use for daily online interaction and those who look to exploit said software for malicious reasons. The process of keeping safe while being online requires developers to constantly test and improve their code to eliminate points of entry for things like viruses and other types of malware. In response to new zero-day vulnerability found in Google’s Chrome browser, it is strongly encouraged that users make sure to update their installs to the most recent version.
How to update Google Chrome
The version of Google Chrome that you want to have installed to ensure protection from this vulnerability is 72.0.3626.121 (or later). To check which version of Chrome you currently have or to initiate the automatic update process, click the Chrome settings button (three dots) and navigate to the Help menu, then click (or tap) About Google Chrome. This window will display the current versions of Chrome and allow you to check for the latest updates. This window can also be access by typing chrome://settings/help into the url bar and hitting enter.
The new vulnerability that the latest version of Chrome addresses is known as CVE-2019-5786. Google has acknowledged the existence of exploits using this vulnerability already existing in the wild. Any other details from the internet giant are scarce, with only the following statement:
“Access to bug details and links may be kept restricted until a majority of users are updated with a fix. We will also retain restrictions if the bug exists in a third party library that other projects similarly depend on, but haven’t yet fixed.”
The internet can sometimes be a dangerous place. It’s not safe to venture out there alone (or at least without the latest browser updates). Always be vigilant.
Thanks to EvilDolemite for bringing this to our attention with his Chatty thread.