Google Chrome Fixes Serious Zero-Day Flaw: Here’s Why You Need To Update Your Browser Now! | #firefox | #chrome | #microsoftedge

Google Chrome user huddle up. The browser is receiving a new updates that claims to fix a number of issues marring users, including a zero-day loophole that was being exploited rampantly by hackers.

Not a lot is know about the said “zero-day” flaw referred to here but Google’s Chrome blog post notes that it involves “type confusion in V8.” V8 is typically the JavaScript rendering engine used by Chrome. The blog post also notes that “Google is aware of reports that an exploit for CVE-2021-30563 [the flaw’s catalogue number] exists in the wild.”

According to a report by Bleeping Computer, this is, in-fact the eighth zero-day flaw patched in Chrome this year. Earlier this week, Google researchers said a “commercial surveillance company” had developed exploits for two of the older Chrome zero-days and sold them to nation-state intelligence agencies.

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A day later, Microsoft and the University of Toronto’s Citizen Lab identified the company as Israeli spyware firm Candiru and said its customers were in the Middle East and the former Soviet Union.

Chrome 91.0.4472.164 patches seven other flaws, two others of which involve vulnerabilities in V8. Most of the flaws are categorized as being “high” severity, indicating that remote-code-execution — hacking over the internet — is possible.

To ensure you’re on the most recent version of Chrome, try closing and relaunching your browser. If that doesn’t work, click the three vertical dots at the top right of the browser window. Scroll down and mouse over Help, then click About Google Chrome.

A new tab will open and let you know which version of Chrome you have — you want to be on version 91.0.4472.164 — and it will download the update if you need it. After that, simply relaunch the browser.

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