Now is a good time to make sure everything is up to date if you access the web with Chrome every day. Google has recently released a critical update that addresses many major problems with its widely used web search program. The bugs are all quite serious, but one is so horrible that it has been rated as a “zero-day” issue.
This “zero-day” stamp, for those who are unaware, indicates that hackers have already found the bug and are actively taking use of it in the real world.
In a statement on its Chrome update page, Google stated that it “is aware of reports that an exploit for CVE-2024-0519 exists in the wild.”
Although Google itself hasn’t confirmed it, experts working on the flaw say the “zero-day” flaw could allow hackers to access personal information stored on Chrome, such as credit card numbers and passwords. It states that there is.
“Google is releasing an emergency patch for the first zero-day in 2024 for Chrome, which has been actively exploited since the beginning of the year,” said Mike Walters, president and co-founder of security firm Action1. “This high-severity vulnerability is tracked as CVE-2024-0519 and is related to an out-of-bounds memory access issue.
“Hackers can exploit out-of-bounds memory access vulnerabilities by creating a malicious website or a malicious advertisement.
“Once the vulnerability is exploited, the attacker could potentially access sensitive information such as passwords, credit card numbers, or other personal data stored in the user’s browser.”
It’s now vital that you check your Windows PC or Mac to see if it’s running the latest version of Chrome.
If you are using a Mac you need to check that it has Chrome version 120.0.6099.234 installed. Those with a Windows PC will be safe once they have installed version 120.0.6099.224.
“The Stable channel has been updated to 120.0.6099.234 for Mac and 120.0.6099.224 for Linux and 120.0.6099.224/225 to Windows which will roll out over the coming days/weeks,” Google added.
To check your browser is up to date follow the steps below
- On your computer, open Chrome.
• At the top right, click More
• Click Help. About Google Chrome.
• Click Update Google Chrome. Important: If you can’t find this button, you’re on the latest version.
• Click Relaunch