Google Issues Warning For Billions Of Chrome Users
Google confirmed the vulnerabilities on its Chrome blog post, revealing 30 new security flaws have been discovered in Chrome, seven of which it says pose a ‘High’ threat level to users. They affect Chrome on Windows, macOS, Linux and mobile.
Use After Free (UAF) attacks continue to be the best path for cracking Chrome. 11 of the 30 new Chrome vulnerabilities are via UAF (a memory exploit). This method of attack has now breached Chrome security over 65 times in 2022.
To protect users, Google has released Chrome 101.0.4951.41 which will “roll out over the coming days/weeks” but you can beat the queue by forcing Chrome to manually check for the update:
- Click the three dots in the top right corner of Chrome
- Click Settings > Help > About Google Chrome.
- Wait for Chrome to find and install the update.
- When prompted, restart Chrome
This last step is crucial and Chrome will not be protected until you do.
Google recently admitted that the number of successful zero-day hacks of Chrome and other browsers and platforms is rising. Big tech companies are increasingly working together to combat this growing threat though, to be successful, it also requires due diligence from users. So go beat the queue and force Chrome to update right now.