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Google Chrome users, government has a ‘warning’ for you

Google Chrome is the most popular internet browser in the world with millions using it on a daily basis. The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology’s Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-IN) has issued a warning for all Google Chrome users.

Categorising the severity rating as ‘High’, CERT-IN noted that, “Multiple vulnerabilities have been reported in Google Chrome which could allow an attacker to execute arbitrary code on the targeted system.”

If an attacker successfully exploited these vulnerabilities then it could be dangerous for Chrome users. CERT-IN further explained that “these vulnerabilities exist in Google Chrome due to Use after free in Safe Browsing, Reader Mode, Web Search, Thumbnail Tab Strip, Screen Capture, Window Dialog, Payments, Extensions, Accessibility and Cast; Heap buffer overflow in ANGLE; Inappropriate implementation in Full Screen Mode, Scroll, Extensions Platform and Pointer Lock; Type Confusion in V8;Policy bypass in COOP and Out of bounds memory access in V8.

The problem exists in Chrome versions prior to 98.0.4758.80.

Google has already rolled out an update that fixes this issue. Google said that the update fixes 27 security issues. The tech giant noted that “Access to bug details and links may be kept restricted until a majority of users are updated with a fix. 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.”

So it is advisable that Chrome users download the latest version of Google. “Chrome 98.0.4758.80/81/82 for Windows and 98.0.4758.80 for mac and linux contains a number of fixes and improvements,” said Google. The update has been rolled out and will reach users in the coming days, Google said on February 1.

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