Google Chrome User Alert: Government Issues “High Severity” Vulnerability Warning and Shares Solution

Chrome is one of the most popular browsers in the world, offered by the Internet giant Google. The web browser is also the preferred choice of millions of people in India, both on computers and mobile phones. The popularity of the browser also makes it a likely target for hackers. India’s Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In), the government agency in charge of cybersecurity threats, recently released a vulnerability notice for Google Chrome.

The warning affects users of Google Chrome versions older than 98.0.4758.80. According to the CERT-In alert, “Multiple vulnerabilities have been reported in Google Chrome that could allow an attacker to execute arbitrary code on the targeted system.”

The note describes the vulnerabilities as they exist in Google Chrome due to “Use after free in safe browsing, reader mode, web search, thumbnail tab strip, screenshot, window dialog, payments, extensions, accessibility and streaming; Buffer overflow in ANGLE; Improper implementation in full screen mode, scrolling, extensions platform and pointer lock; Type Confusion in V8; Policy bypass in COOP and out of bounds memory access in V8.”

The agency said successful exploitation of these vulnerabilities by hackers could put users at risk. The agency also mentioned a solution, asking users to apply the appropriate updates, as noted in an update to the Google Chrome blog.

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