August 20, 2022
Google Chrome hit again with Zero Day bug. Here’s why you should update your app
Google Chrome’s latest update fixes 11 security vulnerabilities, but it may be too late to fend off hackers.
A zero-day bug is a security vulnerability that is known to hackers before the vendor is aware of it, and it is already being used by hackers.
Although Google says it has fixed 11 security vulnerabilities ranging from medium to critical impact in its latest update, one may still be known to hackers.
“Google is aware that an exploit for CVE-2022-2856 exists in the wild,” according to an August 16 press release.
CVE-2022-2856 marks the fifth zero-day experienced by Google in 2022, according to Forbes.
Because zero-day hacks may not be known to the vendor, there is no patch for the vulnerability.
Google has not yet shared specific details about the zero-day bug, but said in their press release that “access to bugdet details and links may remain restricted until a majority of users have been updated with a fix.”
However, they do reveal that it was reported on July 9 by hackers from the Google Threat Analysis Group and described the problem as “Insufficient validation of untrusted input in Intents.” Here, “intentions” is how Chrome processes user input, meaning that a possible input could disrupt Google’s code.
The day before the vulnerability was reported, Google Chrome shared two tweets about zero-day bugs.
In the video, “Security Sheriff” Adrian Taylor says that “all software can have bugs, even those built to the highest technical standards like Chrome.” He explained that “malicious websites” can use bugs to steal your information and said, “We address every security bug with great urgency, but with even greater urgency for zero-day bugs.”
To best protect yourself, it is advisable to update your Google Chrome browser and app. Although it should update automatically, users can check this by going to About Google Chrome in your browser menu, which allows you to forcefully check for possible updates.
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