SingCERT Urges Chrome Users To Install Security Update Immediately After Vulnerability Discovered
If you're a Chrome user, beware, hackers are reportedly exploiting a new "high-severity vulnerability" in the wild. The good news is Google has already released a security update to patch the issue, and all you'll have to do is install it.
To check, go to your Chrome settings and see if you're running Chrome 104.0.5112.101 for Mac and Linux or Chrome 104.0.5112.102/101 for Windows, which the Singapore Computer Emergency Response Team (SingCERT) said are the versions that are protected from the vulnerability.
In case you don't know how to update Chrome, first open the software. Once it's open, click on the More button at the top right corner of your screen, represented by the icon with three dots. Then, click on Settings and go to About Chrome. There, you'll see what version of the browser you're currently running. If the latest version hasn't been installed yet, you'll see an Update Now button, which you have to click. After it's done downloading and installing the update, it might ask you to relaunch the software.
If you have automatic updates turned on, the update might already be installed. Do check though, so that you can guarantee your protection. It might still require you to relaunch the software. You might want to enable automatic updates moving forward as well to make sure you're always up to date in case of emergencies like these in the future.
The vulnerability is said to be an issue linked to the "Intents", a feature that lets you directly open applications and web services from a web page. It was first reported on 19 July by Ashley Shen and Christian Resell of the Google Threat Analyst Group. Google also said it's aware of the vulnerability and how it's being exploited, but it wishes to withhold sharing more information until the majority of users have updated
If you're a Chrome user, beware, hackers are reportedly exploiting a new "high-severity vulnerability" in the wild.
A security update, however, is already being rolled out, so check if you already have the latest version of the software installed.
To check, go to your Chrome settings and see if you're running Chrome 104.0.5112.101 for Mac and Linux or Chrome 104.0.5112.102/101 for Windows, which the SingCERT said are the versions that are protected from the vulnerability.