Google Chrome’s emergency update fixes multiple security flaws

Google has released a new Chrome update that addresses a variety of security flaws in the popular browser, used by over 2.6 billion people worldwide. After a zero-day vulnerability was found that attackers were already exploiting, the update was released as an emergency remedy.

Version 96.0.4664.110 of Chrome fixes five vulnerabilities, four of which are high-rated and one of which is critical. One of the four high-rated flaws allows attackers to target Chrome’s JavaScript engine and run code on a target computer.

The firm stated that they are aware of claims that a CVE-2021-4102 exploit exists in the wild and that the Stable channel for Windows, Mac, and Linux has been upgraded to 96.0.4664.110 which will be rolled out over the coming days/weeks. The firm’s extended stable channel has been updated to 96.0.4664.110 for Windows and Mac and will be rolled out over the next several days/weeks.

CVE-2021-4099, CVE-2021-4100, CVE-2021-4101, and CVE-2021-4102 are the five vulnerabilities that have been resolved. The technical details of the five vulnerabilities aren’t widely known, but
Google will likely make them public after all users have installed the new version that fixes them.

The government’s Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT) recently issued a warning to all Chrome users, urging them to update as soon as possible. “Multiple vulnerabilities have been detected in Google Chrome that a remote attacker might exploit to execute arbitrary code on the target system,” according to a report published by CERT.in on December 14.

Users can update their Google Chrome browser by going to Help/ About Google Chrome from the three-dot menu on the top right. It will appear here if the update is available in your location. Users can wait and try again later if it doesn’t work.