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Bug in popular Chrome extension exposes private information

Bug in popular Chrome extension exposes private information
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Most of us use browser extensions on a daily basis to add web features or integrate with other services.

Although they have some limits, most extensions are pretty versatile. But like any other software, you need to watch out for malicious extensions and even reliable extensions can carry a bug.

That's what's happened to one of the most popular Chrome browser extensions.

What's the bug?

Roughly 22 million people use Grammarly. It's at the top of the list of extensions that help you make sure your documents are following the rules of written English, using the right punctuation, and that they are grammatically correct!

A pretty serious bug was just discovered by a security researcher at Google's Project Zero. According to the report, the bug allows any website to log in as you and gain access to your documents, history, logs and any other data. All it takes is a few lines of code to easily uncover the Grammarly authentication token, the problem is anyone can do this without you even knowing.

Impressive response time

Grammarly took action immediately to fix the problem. Just days after the discovery, it fixed the issue and released an update to the Chrome web store. At least for Mozilla users, you should be automatically updated to the fixed version. If you use other browsers, you should check to make sure you have the updated version of Grammarly.

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