Update Your Browser ‘Like Right This Minute,’ Warns Google Chrome Security Chief

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Updated versions of Chrome have also been released for Android and Chrome OS.

In a Tuesday tweet, Google Chrome Security and Desktop Engineering Lead Justin Schuh said users should install the latest version of the browser-72.0.3626.121-right away. The flaw, known as CVE-2019-5786, is considered a high-severity security issue, according to Google.

"Google is aware of reports that an exploit for CVE-2019-5786 exists in the wild", the web giant said.

The company's blog post comes to put more clarity into a confusing timeline of events that started last Friday, March 1, when Google released Chrome 72.0.3626.121, a new Chrome version that included one solitary security fix (CVE-2019-5786) for Chrome's FileReader -a web API that lets websites and web apps read the contents of files stored on the user's computer.

The attackers were using a combination of a Chrome and Windows 7 zero-days to execute malicious code and take over vulnerable systems.

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Bottom line: Google is urging Chrome users to update their browsers immediately after a zero-day exploit that could give hackers direct access to a user's OS has been found.

Chrome updates itself automatically, though if you leave your PC and browser running all the time, you may see a little green icon alerting you that a browser restart is required to apply the update.

If you're using Google's Chrome browser and have not yet upgraded to the latest available version, do so now or risk being hit by attackers.

We also know that it was reported by Clement Lecigne of Google's Threat Analysis Group a week ago (on February 27).

While details are limited, it appears to be an issue with memory management as it relates to a part of Chrome called FileReader, which allows developers to issues pop-up menus.

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