Chrome security lead urges you to patch it to avoid new exploit

Chrome security lead urges you to patch it to avoid new exploit

If you are reading this, there is a good chance you are doing so on a Chrome browser, based on the available market share data.

Google's updated post revealed that the bug, CVE-2019-5786, was reported by a member of Google's Threat Analysis Group and that an exploit for it was already being used by attackers. Updated versions of Chrome have also been released for Android and Chrome OS.

"Justin Schuh, Chrome's security engineer chief warned users to update Chrome "like right this minute" on Twitter, declaring it a "#PSA [Public Service Announcement]". In some cases, the Chrome update will download automatically. The exact details of the zero-day vulnerability have not yet been disclosed, but it's presumably a big deal.

CVE-2019-5786 is labeled as a "High" level security threat.

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Google has urged all its users to immediately update to the latest version of Google Chrome after a critical vulnerability was discovered.

According to Googler Abdul Syed, the ads giant is "aware of reports that an exploit for CVE-2019-5786 exists in the wild", meaning criminals and other miscreants are leveraging the bug to infect victims' computers.

Those who are concerned can check their device is running the updated version of Google Chrome by opening a window and clicking on the three vertical dots in the right-hand corner. But it's worth checking, and downloading the update manually if necessary. If you don't see this button, you're on the latest version.

Potential attackers can employ maliciously crafted web pages created to allow them to use previously-freed memory on a visitor's computer via the Chrome FileReader API to execute arbitrary code and take over the device or trigger a denial of service condition. As of this writing, the latest Stable build is 72.0.3636.121.

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