Google Chrome users need to update now to protect from dangerous new bug

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Google Chrome users have been told to update the market-leading browser as soon as possible to get protection from a new threat. As reported by Threatpost, Google Chrome users as well as those running fellow Chromium-powered browser Microsoft Edge have been warned about a new bug that affects Windows, macOS and Linux machines. The vulnerability would have allowed an attacker to hijack and take control of a target’s machine.

Thankfully, the threat has now been fixed in the latest version of Google Chrome, with experts advising users to update now.

CISA – a US federal agency dedicated to cyber security – issued an alert which said: “Google has released Chrome version 87.0.4280.141 for Windows, Mac, and Linux. This version addresses vulnerabilities that an attacker could exploit to take control of an affected system.

“CISA encourages users and administrators to review the Chrome Release and apply the necessary updates.”

The threat has been classified as a ‘critical’ bug by researchers at cyber exposure company Tenable.

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However, Google and Microsoft have classified the threat as ‘high risk’ instead.

The latest version of Google Chrome – 87.0.4280.141 – in total brings with it 16 security fixes.

Out of these 13 were identified by external researchers, with Google awarding more than $110,000 to researchers that identified the bugs.

If you want to make sure you have the latest version of Chrome installed then open your browser and lookout for the More option to the right hand side of the omnibox (aka URL bar) – which is an icon of three vertical dots.

Click on that and then choose Help and then About Chrome – you will then be able to see if your browser is up to date or not.

In other browser news, Chrome and Edge users aren’t the only ones who recently have been put on alert about security threats.

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Mozilla Firefox users have also been warned about another separate bug that could allow bad actors to gain access to a target’s computer, phone or tablet running the browser.

The threat is tied into how Firefox handles cookies and has been classified as a critical issue.

In a security bulletin the browser makers said: “A malicious peer could have modified a COOKIE-ECHO chunk in a SCTP packet in a way that potentially resulted in a use-after-free. We presume that with enough effort it could have been exploited to run arbitrary code.”

Thankfully, none of the flaws affecting Chrome, Edge or Firefox have been spotted as being abused in the wild.

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