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Critical Warning For Google Chrome Users: High-Risk Security Flaws Discovered

Regularly updating your browser is essential to ensure you receive the latest security fixes and features, safeguarding you from new and emerging threats.

Edited By : simran rajpal | Updated: May 23, 2024 18:39 IST
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The Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In) has issued a high-risk warning for Google Chrome users, highlighting several serious vulnerabilities that could allow hackers to gain complete control over users’ devices and potentially steal sensitive data. These flaws were detailed in their latest Vulnerability Note CIVN-2024-0170.

Critical Vulnerabilities Identified

The vulnerabilities have been identified in specific components of Google Chrome such as ANGLE and Dawn, particularly in their handling of heap buffer overflows. This issue occurs when a program tries to write more data into a memory area than is allocated for it. Such overflow can lead to program crashes or allow hackers to inject and edit code within the browser.

Additionally, flaws were found in free scheduling. This type of vulnerability happens when a program releases a section of memory but later tries to use it again. This can crash the program or give hackers the ability to execute unexpected code.

Potential Threats

CERT-In has warned that if hackers exploit these vulnerabilities, they could take control of the victim’s computer, steal sensitive data, install malware, or even conduct attacks on other computers. This means your personal and financial information could be at significant risk.

Affected Google Chrome Versions

The vulnerabilities were found in Google Chrome versions 125.0.6422.76/.77 for Windows and Mac, and versions 125.0.6422.76 and earlier for Linux. This poses a considerable risk to users running these specific browser versions.

Steps to Ensure Safety

CERT-In strongly advises users to update their Google Chrome browsers immediately. Google has already released patches to address these vulnerabilities. Updating to the latest versions, 125.0.6422.76/.77 for Windows and Mac, and 125.0.6422.76 for Linux, will fix these issues.

For those who might not be tech-savvy, updating Google Chrome is straightforward. Here’s a quick guide for you:

  • Open Google Chrome on your computer.
  • Click on the three dots in the upper right corner to open the menu.
  • Select Help and then About Google Chrome.
  • Chrome will automatically check for updates and install them if available.
  • Once the update is complete, restart your browser.

Updating your browser regularly is crucial as it ensures you have the latest security fixes and features, protecting you against new and emerging threats.

Real Stories from Victims

One of the victims, Ananya Sharma, a 34-year-old software engineer from Mumbai, shared her experience. “I was casually surfing the internet when my screen started acting weird. I restarted my computer, but it didn’t help. Later, I found out that my bank account had some suspicious transactions. I was devastated. Later, it was revealed that my browser was compromised,” she said, urging fellow users to be cautious and keep their software updated.

Another user, Raj Kumar, a 45-year-old businessman from Delhi, faced a similar ordeal. “I lost important business data due to this vulnerability. It was a nightmare. If only I had updated my browser sooner,” he lamented. His story exemplifies the importance of staying vigilant and proactive in the digital age.

Weathering the Digital Storm Together

The rapid advancements in technology come with their set of challenges. Cybersecurity has become more crucial than ever. While tech companies like Google are doing their part by rolling out updates and patches, it’s up to users to ensure they apply these updates timely.

For many, updating a browser might seem trivial, but as these real-life stories illustrate, neglecting such simple steps can lead to severe consequences. Taking a few minutes to update your software can save you from potential headaches and massive data breaches. Remember, in the digital world, staying updated is staying safe.

So, the next time that update notification pops up, don’t ignore it. Take action and ensure your digital life remains secure and smooth.

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First published on: May 23, 2024 06:35 PM IST

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