Google detects a serious security flaw

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Google has released an urgent update to strengthen the security of Chrome, the most widely used web browser in the world, with more than 65% market share. According to the company itself is updating its stable channel to version 99.0.4844.84 on Windows, Mac, and Linux. The reason: has detected a vulnerabilityan exploit for CVE-2022-1096.

At the moment Google has not provided more data and advances that it will not do so until it considers the problem controlled. “Access to bug details and links can be kept restricted until most users are up to date with the fix. We will keep the restrictions if the bug exists in a third-party library that other projects similarly depend on and that have not been corrected yet”, specifies the multinational on his official blog.

What Google does recognize is that it is “aware” of the existence an exploitan attack that exploits the vulnerability, to CV-2022-1096. Specifically, he talks about a type mixup in V8, the Chrome component that is responsible for processing the JavaScript code. The day you posted the ad, Google reported of the release of the Chrome 99 update (99.0.4844.88) for Android, which includes “stability and performance improvements”, but without providing further details.

Activated in days or weeks

The first update, the one targeting Windows, Mac, and Linux, will roll out over “the next few days or weeks.” In the second case Google speaks only of “days”. If you want to check if you already have the patch applied, you can consult it in the Help option of the menu and see the information of Google Chrome. The company’s announcement is on Friday, so – as she herself stresses – it may be the case that you still don’t see it available on your computer and it may take a few days.

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The update is applied automatically. If you want to speed up the process, you can access the same section of the menu or the address chrome://settings/help. Google Chrome shows the installed version, updates are checked and if an available version is found, the download and installation proceed. To complete it, the page itself will ask you to restart the computer.

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The vulnerability is zero-day (zero-day), which means that just been identified. In this case, the firm also indicates that it has detected an exploit and its update is focused on solving a single “high” category security problem that has been reported this week. As Ghacks points out, would be the second largest category, behind criticism. About a month and a half ago, Google also launched an update with 11 security fixes.

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Google Chrome is by far the most used browser, with a huge market share of 65.38% which puts it far ahead of its more direct competitors, Safari and Edge. According the tables handled by Statistain 2021 it added just over 3,200 million users.

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Google has released an urgent update to strengthen the security of Chrome, the most widely used web browser in the…

Google has released an urgent update to strengthen the security of Chrome, the most widely used web browser in the…

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