Google urges users to download and install the latest Chrome update ASAP

Make sure your installation of Chrome is up to date

Make sure your installation of Chrome is up to date

In fact, Chrome security lead Justin Schuh tweeted (h/t: ZDNet) that users should update their browser installs right now.

Also, seriously, update your Chrome installs... like right this minute. "Reported by Clement Lecigne of Google's Threat Analysis Group on 2019-02-27", the update reveals.

USERS OF Google's Chrome browser have been advised to update it as a matter of urgency following the discovery of a "high severity" zero-day flaw that's being actively exploited. The exact details of the zero-day vulnerability have not yet been disclosed, but it's presumably a big deal.

Chrome users are urged to check their browser to confirm they are running version 72.0.3626.121. At this point, details of the vulnerability are scant, as Google said it's restricting access to bug details until a majority of users have installed the update. "We will also retain restrictions if the bug exists in a third party library that other projects similarly depend on, but haven't yet fixed", Google stated in a recent and related security notice.

Google has described the vulnerability as a memory management issue in Chrome's FileReader which can allow hackers to inject and execute malicious code.

There are good chances that the attackers can exploit this vulnerability to run malicious code and perform Remote Code Execution. The exploit, known as CVE-2019-5786, is said to be a use-after-free flaw in the browser's FileReader application programming interface, an API created to allow the browser to access and read locally stored files. From there you can update as necessary, or use your favorite package manager to upgrade. You will be shown your current browser version and be alerted if you have an update pending.

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