If you’re a Google Chrome user you need to update your browser now. A new security flaw in the browser was discovered a few days ago and it’s in your best interest to be sure Google Chrome is updated.
The good news is, this security flaw was discovered in time that it has not been exploited by nefarious parties. The flaw was pinpointed to “Blink”, this is part of the Google Chrome software that drives the browsers engine. Here is what the Center for Internet Security says about the flaw:
A vulnerability has been discovered in Google Chrome, which could allow for arbitrary code execution. Google Chrome is a web browser used to access the Internet. Successful exploitation of this vulnerability could allow an attacker to execute arbitrary code in the context of the browser.
Depending on the privileges associated with the application, an attacker could install programs; view, change, or delete data; or create new accounts with full user rights. If this application has been configured to have fewer user rights on the system, exploitation of the most severe of these vulnerabilities could have less impact than if it was configured with administrative rights.CIS
Now, a bit more good news for most users is, Google Chrome should already have auto-update on and working. This means you likely should have gotten the update in the background. To check and make sure you do have the correct version running you can do the following:
- Click the 3-dot menu at the upper right hand of the browser, located under the X that closes the browser.
- Hover on the “Help” menu until a dropdown appears.
- Click “About Google Chrome”
- The next screen should say “Google Chrome is up to date”
- Check your version of Chrome which should be 76.0.3809.132
If, for whatever reason, you’re auto-update is off, you might consider turning it back on. With auto-update, you will get the latest security patches in a timely manner. If you haven’t closed your browser in a long time, you may have to restart it to apply the update. It is also important to note that this affects Windows, Mac, and Linux users equally.