Tuesday, 21 May, 2019


Google Patches Zero-Day Flaw in Chrome Under Active Attacks

Google is urging users to update to the latest version of its Chrome browser Google is urging users to update to the latest version of its Chrome browser
Melba Vasquez | 08 March, 2019, 08:54

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. Google believes that this is the only version of the OS where it works because the exploit mitigations Microsoft introduced in the newer versions of OS, Windows 10 in particular, would prevent it.

Google revealed the issue in an announcement where the security lead of the Chrome browser stated that the bug which has since been patched was actively under attack by hackers at the time that it was patched. "I wonder which one will get more attention?" he said before adding the following: "Also, seriously, update your Chrome installs. like right this minute".

What this means is that if your Google Chrome version is as seen in the image above, it is not enough to benefit from the latest fix. In some cases, the Chrome update will download automatically.

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.

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Google Chrome updates are usually automatic, however they don't always roll out to everyone, all at once.

In any event, you should update your Android and desktop versions of the Chrome browser to version 72.0.3626.121 via the buttons below. It's not safe to venture out there alone (or at least without the latest browser updates).

The Chrome team also released a statement noting that details about the bug would be "restricted until a majority of users are updated with a fix".

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