Google warns users to immediately update Chrome browser after critical bug discovered

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Google's updated post revealed that the bug, CVE-2019-5786, was reported by a member of Google's Threat Analysis Group and that an exploit for it was already being used by attackers.

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.

Because it is not just a proof of concept bug, it is imperative that Chrome users patch their browser to the latest version, in order to stay protected from this threat. "I wonder which one will get more attention?" he said before adding the following: "Also, seriously, update your Chrome installs. like right this minute".

"Access to bug details and links may be kept restricted until a majority of users are updated with a fix".

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"Google is aware of reports that an exploit for CVE-2019-5786 exists in the wild", Google notes in the updated Chrome releases blog. The exploit, known as CVE-2019-5786, is said to be a use-after-free flaw in the browser's FileReader application programming interface, an API created to allow the browser to access and read locally stored files. When a thread incorrectly reuses that memory space, the data will have been overwritten and significantly changed, leading to confusion and ultimately, potentially, remote code execution.

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.

What Biehn is referencing is that Google Chrome is created to update automatically, with users rarely if ever noticing. Basically, the vulnerability is said to let malicious code escape Chrome's security sandbox, allowing an attacker to run malicious code on the victim's machine.

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