Government Issues High-Risk Warning for Google Chrome Users: Urges Immediate System Update

New Delhi | Updated 11-03-2024,14:06 pm IST

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The Indian government’s cybersecurity agency, CERT-In, has issued a high-risk warning for users of Google Chrome, one of the most widely used web browsers globally. The advisory, detailed in CERT-In’s Vulnerability Note CIVN-2024-0085, highlights critical vulnerabilities present in versions of Google Chrome prior to 122.0.6261.11/2 for both Windows and Mac operating systems. These vulnerabilities, categorized with a severity rating of HIGH, pose significant threats to users’ security.

According to the advisory, CERT-In has identified multiple vulnerabilities within specific components of Google Chrome. Notably, the SRK component is susceptible to a “Use-after-free” error, potentially allowing attackers to manipulate browser memory post-usage, leading to code execution. Additionally, vulnerabilities within Google Chrome’s JavaScript engine, V8, related to “Out of bounds memory access” and “inappropriate implementation,” could enable attackers to inject malicious code or crash the browser entirely.

Exploiting these vulnerabilities could empower malicious actors to launch various forms of cyberattacks, including stealing sensitive data, installing malware, or even taking control of users’ systems. CERT-In warns that attackers might exploit these flaws by enticing users to access specially crafted webpages, exploiting vulnerabilities within Chrome upon access.

Fortunately, Google has swiftly responded to these security concerns by releasing security updates to address the identified vulnerabilities. In light of this, CERT-In strongly advises users to update their Google Chrome browsers immediately with the latest available patches from Google. To update Chrome, users are instructed to navigate to the browser’s settings, click on “About Chrome,” and initiate the update process. Upon completion, users are advised to restart their browsers to apply the changes effectively.

While updating Chrome is paramount, users are reminded to exercise caution while browsing online. Vigilance against clicking on suspicious links or downloading attachments from unknown sources is essential to mitigate the risks of falling victim to cyberattacks. Additionally, considering the adoption of security solutions such as antivirus and anti-malware software can provide an added layer of protection against malicious websites and downloads, enhancing overall cybersecurity posture.


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