Google Chrome warning as millions must update over security bug

Millions of people who use Google Chrome are being told they need to act to keep their computer secure. Users have been warned to immediately update their browsing app after researchers discovered a dangerous "high-level" vulnerability.

Google has swiftly rolled out measures to fix the high-severity security flaw, which is caused by a bug that cyber attackers are believed to have exploited. The vulnerability, known as CVE-2024-5274, is a type confusion issue in the V8 JavaScript and WebAssembly engine, and was identified by the Google Threat Analysis team and Chrome Security on May 20.

Type confusion issues arise when a program accesses a resource with an incompatible type, leading to potential breaches.

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This particular security flaw has led to an "out-of-bounds memory access" problem within Chrome's V8 JavaScript engine. It was reported that the vulnerability was already being actively exploited before Google managed to issue a patch.

Users of other Chromium-based browsers like Microsoft Edge, Brave, Opera, and Vivaldi are also being encouraged to install the updates as soon as they're released.

To safeguard against this zero-day vulnerability, it's crucial to update your Chrome browser without delay.

  • Start by opening the Chrome browser on your device.

  • Click the three-dot menu icon at the top right corner, then select Settings.

  • On the left-hand side, click About Chrome Chrome will then automatically check for any available updates and download them.

  • Once an update is downloaded, you can apply it by clicking "Relaunch to update".