Google has identified a critical security breach within Chrome. With this breach, hackers are able to take control of your computer remotely to deploy malwares.
To protect its users, Google is currently deploying a patch update on Windows, MacOS and Linux. You are therefore encouraged to install it on your web browser without delay.
“A vulnerability has been discovered in Google Chrome,” says the Center for Internet Security, a non-profit organization dedicated to computer security, in a report on its website.
Google quickly confirmed the existence of a flaw on its official blog. The flaw only concerns the desktop versions of Chrome. Android and iOS are therefore not affected.
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According to the report, the flaw could theoretically allow an attacker to take control of your PC to install malware on it.
“An attacker could install programs, view, modify or delete data; or create new accounts with full user rights,” says the Center for Internet Security.
Unlike the vulnerability identified in March on Chrome, there is no evidence that hackers have ever relied on this vulnerability to set up a computer attack.
In theory, the flaw would mainly allow access to the computer systems of companies, SMEs or government agencies, says the Center for Internet security.
In concrete terms, all users of a Chrome version prior to 76.0.3809.132 must ensure that they install the update on their web browser.
You are advised to schedule automatic updates by going to “About Google Chrome” and checking “Update Chrome automatically for all users”.