Google has released a new Chrome update that addresses a variety of security flaws in the popular browser, which is used by over 2.6 billion people worldwide. After a zero-day vulnerability was found that attackers are already exploiting, the update was released as an emergency remedy.
“Google is aware of reports that a CVE-2021-4102 vulnerability has been discovered in the wild,” the company said. “The Stable channel for Windows, Mac, and Linux has been updated to 96.0.4664.110, which will roll out over the following days/weeks,” it said. “The extended stable channel for Windows and Mac has also been updated to 96.0.4664.110, which will roll out over the coming days/weeks,” says the company.
CVE-2021-4099, CVE-2021-4100, CVE-2021-4101, and CVE-2021-4102 are the five vulnerabilities that have been resolved. The technical details of the five vulnerabilities aren’t widely known, but it’s likely that Google will make them public after all users have installed the new version that fixes them.
Why should you install Chrome 96.0.4664.110 right now?
The government’s Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT) recently issued a warning to all Chrome users, urging them to update as soon as possible.
“Multiple vulnerabilities have been detected in Google Chrome that might be exploited by a remote attacker to execute arbitrary code on the target system,” according to a report published by CERT.in on December 14.
According to the study, “the vulnerability (CVE-2021-4102) is being actively exploited in the wild.”
Users can update their Google Chrome browser by going to Help/ About Google Chrome from the three-dot menu on the top right. It will appear here if the update is available in your location. Users can wait and try again later if it doesn’t work.