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Chrome browser vulnerability under attack – Update now

Malware, viruses and data breaches are all serious issues that can strike at any time. You won’t see them coming, and you might not know something is wrong even after your computer or phone was attacked.

You can take various steps to protect yourself, and keeping your browser updated is among the simplest and most important. Tap or click here for instructions on updating some of the most popular browsers.

Google’s Chrome browser is among the most popular out there, so it’s no surprise that it is a frequent target for hackers. A security flaw was found in the latest version of Chrome, which was recently released. We have the latest from Google and what you can do to avoid this exploit.

What we know

Chrome 89 was announced on March 2 and with it came a list of 47 security fixes. Among them was a zero-day flaw discovered by a member of Microsoft Browser Vulnerability Research.

It can take days, months or even years before a developer becomes aware of a vulnerability. In this case, it took nearly a month. The vulnerability, labeled CVE-2021-21166, has a “High” rating as a security flaw.

Google describes it as an “Object lifecycle issue in audio” but gave no information beyond that. The report stated that “Access to bug details and links may be kept restricted until a majority of users are updated with a fix.” So we may know more about this later.

Got Chrome? Update it now

Update your Chrome browser to get the latest protection from these 47 security issues and any improvements that come with the new version of Chrome. Whether you’re using a Windows, Mac, or Linux machine, you can get the update right now. Here’s how.

  • Open the Chrome browser and click on the More icon in the upper-right, which looks like three dots.
  • Go to Help > About Google Chrome.
  • Chrome will automatically update from this screen if needed. Following this, click Relaunch.
  • Going to Help > About Google Chrome will also let you know which version of Chrome you are running. The latest version is 89.0.4389.72.

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