GOOGLE is urging the more than 3 billion Chrome users worldwide to update their browsers or risk becoming the target of a cyber attack.
The US tech giant said on Monday that it has released an emergency patch for the service that includes 11 critical security fixes.
They are designed to fix bugs in Chrome that, if exposed, could be exploited by cybercriminals.
Google confirmed in a blog post that one of the exploits, CVE-2022-0609, exists “in the wild”.
That means hackers already know about the software vulnerability and are using it to carry out attacks on unsuspecting users.
It is rated as a “high priority” vulnerability that could allow an attacker to run code on a targeted computer.
The six additional vulnerabilities fixed in the update are marked as “high” priority, while one is marked as “moderate”.
The severity of the remaining three remains a mystery. Vulnerabilities are marked on a scale of “low” to “critical” priority.
Critical errors are often those that require urgent repair, often because they expose the browser to malicious hackers.
Google didn’t go into detail about the nature of the issues that have been patched or what cyber snoopers might gain if they exploit them.
This is standard industry practice to prevent hackers from exploiting them before users have had a chance to update their browser.
Google says its free update, nicknamed 98.0.4758.102, also includes stability and performance improvements.
Google says the software patch will roll out to Windows, Mac, and Linux in the coming days/weeks.
To ensure your safety, all users of Google Chrome should update as soon as possible.
How to Update Google Chrome
On your computer, open the Google Chrome browser and click the More icon (three vertical dots) in the top right.
Click Update Google Chrome, or if that option isn’t there, it means you’re on the latest version.
Once you’ve updated, click Relaunch.
The browser will save your open tabs and windows and reopen them on restart.
You can also restart your browser later by clicking Not now.
This will cause the update to be applied the next time you restart your browser.
The More icon will be (1) green if the update has been available for two days, (2) orange if the update has been available for four days, or (3) red if the update has been available seven days.
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