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Google Chrome users under ‘high’ cyberattack risk, reveals govt body

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  • CERT-In has issued a high severity warning for uses of Google Chrome
  • Several vulnerabilities have been found in the browser
  • Updating to the latest Chrome version can fix the vulnerabilities

Google Chrome has multiple vulnerabilities that a hacker can exploit, reveals the India Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In) that functions under the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology. The government-mandated IT security organisation has issued a “high” severity rating for the new vulnerabilities that have been found in the Chrome web browser.

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The warning was issued on June 10th, 2022. An attacker can exploit the vulnerabilities to carry out arbitrary code on the targeted system. Chrome users on Windows, macOS, and Linux are at the risk of this cyberattack.

CERT-In issues cyberattack risk for Chrome users

Chrome update

Updating to the latest Chrome version can protect it from new vulnerabilities

According to CERT-In, multiple vulnerabilities exist in the Chrome browser “due to after free in WebGPU, Out of bounds memory access in WebGL, Out of bounds read in composting, and Use after free in ANGLE.” As mentioned above, a hacker can take advantage of these exploits to run any code on the targeted system.

Installing the latest update to protect Chrome from vulnerabilities

The regulatory body said that the Chrome browser running on versions before 102.0.5005.115 has these vulnerabilities. Users are required to update to the latest version of Chrome. Here’s how one can update the Chrome web browser:

  • Launch Google Chrome
  • Click on the ‘three-dot’ icon available in the upper-right corner
  • Navigate to Help and then click on About Google Chrome
  • Chrome will automatically check for updates
  • Click on the Relaunch button to install the latest update and restart the browser

In related news, it was found last week that a dangerous malware named Emotet has become active after staying dormant for a while. The malware, designed to steal credit card information stored in the Chrome browser, spreads through spam mails. It collects sensitive data like names, expiry dates, and card numbers and transfers it to the command-and-control (C2) server. Some ways to stay protected from the Emotet virus include installing the latest security updates on Windows, updating the antivirus, scanning the PC for viruses and malware, and not clicking on links available in suspicious emails and backup data.

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