Chrome users will want to get the latest browser update as soon as possible, whether you’re using Windows, Mac, or Linux. This one affects us all and aims to fix a security exploit that has been actively exploited by hackers.
The Official Chrome Releases Blog (opens in a new tab) (spotted by The Verge (opens in a new tab)) explains that an anonymous user recently reported the bug related to data validation in some of the runtime libraries used by Chrome. Google deliberately keeps exploit details secret to prevent further exploits, especially since the update is still rolling out.
The security vulnerability has been described as high risk and users should be careful to verify that they are running the latest software. The version number you are looking for is 105.0.5195.102 on all desktop platforms and you should be able to check it in your browser settings.
In Windows, you can find it by clicking on the three dots under the X close window in the top left of the screen. Find the settings menu which will open as a new tab and click on the About Chrome option which should be at the bottom of the list on the left. Here you can see which version of Chrome you are using and whether you are up to date or not.
Looks like Chrome has seen its fair share of updates for security reasons lately, which can be a bit of a double-edged sword. On the one hand, it is worrying that we have so many security problems, (opens in a new tab) especially so soon after the last batch of patches. But on the other hand, it’s great to see people reporting these exploits and getting them fixed.
With Google still keeping its cards to its chest on this exploit, it’s hard to say how users were affected and what hackers may have achieved. Also considering the wide variety of tasks we use our browsers for, including storing passwords and internet banking, any exploit can seem dangerous. Be sure to stay safe and perform all your security updates while browsing the global weberverse.