Google issues another security threat warning - fourth time in two months
Google Chrome has more than 2 billion users worldwide. This does make the browser a significant target of hackers and other cybercriminals, and unfortunately, the security features aren’t always enough to keep users safe. Just this weekend, the tech giant issued its fourth urgent update in two months. I feel that now might be the time to start looking at safer browsers.
In their most recent official blog post, Google revealed seven high-rated security threats discovered in Chrome on all major operating systems, including Android, Windows, iOS, and Linux.
As is the norm for the tech giant, they aren’t releasing too much information about the threats. This attempts to stop the spread of information to cybercriminals and give users time to install the necessary security updates and protect themselves and their data.
Currently, this is all that users have to go on regarding these severe vulnerabilities:
- High — CVE-2021-30598: Reported by Manfred Paul. Type Confusion in V8.
- High — CVE-2021-30599: Reported by Manfred Paul. Type Confusion in V8.
- High — CVE-2021-30600: Reported by 360 Alpha Lab. Use after free in Printing.
- High — CVE-2021-30601: Reported by 360 Alpha Lab. Use after free in Extensions API.
- High — CVE-2021-30602: Reported by Cisco Talos. Use after free in WebRTC.
- High — CVE-2021-30603: Reported by Google Project Zero. Race in WebAudio.
- High — CVE-2021-30604: Reported by SecunologyLab. Use after free in ANGLE.
If we look at previously recorded attacks, then these above threats can all be used by hackers to execute code and gain control of a target’s computer or device. Google’s last zero-day attack that happened in July, which was the eighth zero-day attack this year, where hackers could exploit vulnerabilities before Google had a chance to patch them, was a V8 flaw. As you can see from the above list, there are two V8 flaws listed once again.
Google Chrome urges all users to check that their browser versions are updated to the latest version that has been released with fixes for these vulnerabilities. To their credit, the fixes to the serious vulnerability are usually released one day after their discovery, which is good. However, how effective these updates rely on users installing them when they become available.
Chrome is one of the leading browsers available; however, I can’t ignore that this is the fourth major security vulnerability in two months and the eighth zero-day hack this year. The number of attacks is steadily growing, and it is more important than ever to ensure that your browser is kept up to date.Advertisement