Chrome users should access the latest browser update as soon as possible, whether you’re using Windows, Mac, or Linux. This affects us all and aims to fix a security exploit that was actively exploited by hackers.
The official publishes blog for Chrome (opens in new tab) (discovered by The edge (opens in new tab)) explains that an anonymous user recently reported the bug related to data validation in some of the runtime libraries used by Chrome. Google intentionally keeps details about the exploit under wraps to avoid further exploits, especially since the update is still being rolled out.
The vulnerability has been described as high risk and users should ensure they are using the latest software. The version number you are looking for is 105.0.5195.102 on all desktop platforms and you should be able to check this in your browser settings.
On Windows, you can find it by clicking the three dots under the close window X in the top left of the screen. Locate the settings menu that opens as a new tab and click on the About Chrome option which should be at the bottom of the left list. Here you can see what version of Chrome you’re using and if you’re all up to date.
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It feels like Chrome has received its fair share of updates lately for security reasons, which can be a double-edged sword. On the one hand, it’s worrying that we’re seeing so many security issues (opens in new tab) especially so shortly after the last patches. But then again, it’s great to see people reporting these exploits and getting them fixed.
With Google still holding its cards open with this exploit, it’s hard to say how users were affected and what hackers were able to achieve. Given the variety of tasks we use our browsers for, including storing passwords and internet banking, any exploit can feel dangerous. Make sure you stay safe out there and do all your security updates while browsing the World Wide Weberverse.
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