By the end of 2021, around 3.2 billion people were using Google Chrome as their default internet browser. That’s a scary amount of opportunity for hackers to break into systems and steal valuable information. Thankfully, the tech giant is quickly releasing updates, patching several zero-day flaws late last month.
But solving a problem is like hitting a mole, as hackers look for other vulnerabilities when exploited flaws close. Google therefore has an entire department, called the Threat Analysis Group, dedicated to securing the browser. But it can’t do it alone and often fixes flaws discovered by third-party researchers.
That’s what happened with the latest Chrome patch. Read on to get the latest critical update that fixes 27 issues.
Here is the backstory
While none of the current flaws are zero-day exploits, that doesn’t diminish the importance of the update. Google rated seven of the vulnerabilities as high, while the other 20 received a medium severity rating.
A few notable use-after-release (UAF) flaws exist in Chrome’s address bar, safe browsing mode, and tab strip. UAF flaws relate to how a program manages memory. These flaws can crash programs or be exploited by cybercriminals to execute malicious code.
Google is generally vague about exploits and hasn’t revealed much information here. But if you want to know more about the specific flaws this update fixes, head over to this page release blog post.
What to do about it
The wisest thing to do is to update Chrome as soon as possible. Regular updating ensures that you are always on the latest version and have the latest patches.
For Windows computers, the latest update brings Chrome to the version 104.0.5112.81while the Apple Mac and Linux version is 104.0.5112.79. Although the version numbers differ, the content of the update is the same.
Updating Chrome is simple. Here’s how:
- Open your Chromium Navigator.
- Tap or click the three vertical dots to the right of your profile icon in the upper right corner.
- In the drop-down menu, hover over To help and select About Google Chrome.
This will automatically start the update process and if a newer version is available, the download will begin. Once installed, you may need to relaunch Chrome for the update to take effect.
The update will be rolling out over the next few days, so if you don’t see it right away, keep checking back.
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