Google Chrome users have been told to download and update their software with an emergency patch that fixes a potentially dangerous security flaw.
The company has issued Chrome 96.0.4664.110 for Windows, Mac and Linux, to address a high severity zero-day vulnerability for its web browser that has apparently already been exploited.
“Google is aware of reports of an exploit for CVE-2021-4102 in the wild,” the company said in a security advisory. “We would also like to thank all the security researchers who worked with us throughout the development cycle to prevent security bugs from reaching the stable channel.”
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Google says the flaw, labeled CVE-2021-4102, was reported anonymously and rates its severity as high.
The company has also addressed four other security issues in its new version, three of which are also rated high and one rated “critical.”
This latest threat, CVE-2021-4098, discovered by Google Project Zero researcher Sergei Glazunov, referred to insufficient data validation in Mojo, a collection of runtime libraries that manage Chrome’s inter-process communication system. .
The update can be installed by restarting your browser.
The news comes shortly after Google announced that it had reconfigured the Privacy and Security settings in its latest beta version of Chrome in an attempt to optimize the ability to delete data stored by websites. The company claims the move will allow web browser users to better understand and manage their privacy on the web by providing more clarity on controlling a site’s storage settings.