Google Chrome users, take note: Update your web browser immediately.
The search giant released a new update this week. It includes a crucial patch for an active zero-day exploit that leaves your computer susceptible to malicious actors seeking to steal your data.
The severity of the flaw is rated ‘high’
According to Android Central, the issue Google patched is being tracked as bug CVE-2023-6345 by the National Vulnerability Database. The exploit has a Chromium security severity of “high.” The fix will be available on Windows, Mac, and Linux systems.
Google has yet to release any specific details about the exploit, which was first discovered last week. It’s also unclear how long the exploit has been active. Android Central reports that the issue is related to Google’s Skia graphics library. The exploit could possibly allow hackers to inject a malicious file and execute code on a user’s computer.
As The Verge points out, the Chrome update notes reveal that the exploit has already been utilized by at least one attacker to “potentially perform a sandbox escape via a malicious file.”
If you have Google Chrome setup to update automatically, you should be in the clear, but should still double-check that you have the latest version of the web browser. Otherwise, be sure to update Google Chrome as soon as possible.
The updated versions of Google Chrome are listed as 119.0.6045.199 for Mac and Linux and 119.0.6045.199/.200 for Windows.