The Govt issues ‘high severity’ warning to Google Chrome users
The Indian government has issued an advisory for the users of the Google Chrome Internet browser users in India. The Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In), under the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY), has issued a ‘high severity‘ warning to Google Chrome users.
Several vulnerabilities have been found in the Google Chrome browser that could be exploited by a remote attacker to execute arbitrary code on the targeted system, the advisory said.
Google has already released a fix for these vulnerabilities in its latest software update for Chrome and it is highly advisable that Google Chrome users upgrade to the latest version soon.
According to Google, 22 types of security fixes have been given in the latest Chrome browser, which works to increase user privacy.
The government advisory, as well as Google, advised Chrome users to update to the latest version. Google recently updated the Chrome stable channel to 96.0.4664.93 for Windows, Mac, and Linux, which is available for all users.
In an advisory, CERT-In said, “Multiple vulnerabilities exist in Google chrome due to Type Confusion in V8; Use after free in web apps, UI, window manager, screen capture, file API, auto-fill and developer tools; Incorrect security UI in autofill; Heap buffer overflow in extensions, BFCache and ANGLE; Type Confusion in loader; Insufficient data validation in loader; Integer underflow in ANGLE and Insufficient validation of untrusted input in the new tab page.”
One can check for the available update on Chrome and update it by clicking the three vertical dots in the top right of the page. Click the About Chrome option and it will update.
Failing to update the latest version of Google Chrome hikes the possibility of the computer being remotely hacked by online attackers and the sensitive, personal information may be leaked, the government advisory said. Google mentioned that 22 types of security fixes, which were highlighted by external researchers, have been incorporated in the latest update of Chrome to ensure user privacy.
The Indian Computer Emergency Response Team is an office within the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology of the Government of India.
[With Inputs from IANS]
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