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Google Urges Chrome Users to Install Update Immediately

Don’t delay updating the latest version of your Google Chrome browser.

Days after Windows was attacked by hackers creating a fake Windows 11 update contaminated with a virus that ended up stealing users private data, it appears Google Chrome is a new victim of a cyberattack.

Google just released a big update to its software that fixes a total of 11 security issues, urging all its users to install the patch immediately. 

In its newest blog post, Google confirmed that 27 exploits had been discovered in Chrome, out of which eight have been classified as posing a “High” threat level. 

The main reason to hurry up and click that “Update” button is that one of the discovered bugs has been given the zero-day rating. The vulnerability was discovered by Clément Lecigne from Google’s Threat Analysis Group. Windows, Mac, and Linux users are all affected.

“This update includes 11 security fixes. Google is aware of reports that an exploit for CVE-2022-0609 exists in the wild. We would also like to thank all security researchers that worked with us during the development cycle to prevent security bugs from ever reaching the stable channel”, Google stated. 

It’s becoming more and more evident that the popularity of “Use-After-Free” (UAF) attacks is growing, as they continue to be the dominant method of attack by hackers. These vulnerabilities are memory exploits created when a program fails to clear the pointer to the memory after it is freed.

Google said that they would automatically update all users in the upcoming days and weeks, but you could take the matter into your hands.

If you are using Google Chrome, check if it’s running the latest software named version  98.0.4758.102

To do this, simply open up your browser and click the three vertical dots in the top right corner. From here, open up “Settings” and click on “About Chrome”. You’ll be able to see which version of Chrome is currently running.

If it says 98.0.4758.80 or higher, you are protected.

Last but not least, don’t forget the importance of antivirus programs when it comes to your computer’s safety and your data’s privacy to stay protected at all times.