Google urges users to download and install the latest Chrome update ASAP

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The exact details of the zero-day vulnerability have not yet been disclosed, but it's presumably a big deal.

Chrome updates itself automatically, though if you leave your PC and browser running all the time, you may see a little green icon alerting you that a browser restart is required to apply the update.

Google has said that the latest version of Chrome available right now is 72.0.3626.121 and users are advised to download the patch as soon as possible.

Google's Chrome team was reserved in providing details, saying in a blog post dated March 1 but updated today that "access to bug details and links may be kept restricted until a majority of users are updated with a fix...." The exploit, known as CVE-2019-5786, is said to be a use-after-free flaw in the browser's FileReader application programming interface, an API created to allow the browser to access and read locally stored files. This week, Google revealed that the update corrects a "high" severity flaw-CVE-2019-5786-that has been under attack by cybercriminals.

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Attackers combined an exploit for this vulnerability with an exploit for CVE-2019-5786, a use-after-free bug in Chrome's FileReader component.

Google Chrome's security lead has warned all the Chrome web browser (Windows, Mac, and Linux) users to update their applications to 72.0.3626.121 version immediately to protect themselves from a major security issue. It is up to users to update their browser.

Justin Schuh, engineering director on Google Chrome for desktop, explains that in the case of plugin components, Chrome can renew them separately and that would be all. Google has acknowledged the existence of exploits using this vulnerability already existing in the wild.

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