Google and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) of the Department of Homeland Security warned users of the Chrome browser to update the application, as the latest update includes two security fixes to address high-severity zero-day vulnerabilities.
The security flaws “have been detected in exploits in the wild” per CISA, and affect Chrome on Windows, Mac, and Linux operating systems. Arbitrary code execution, or an attacker taking control of an affected system, could result from an unpatched browser, potentially putting Protected Health Information (PHI), financial, and/or personal information at risk.
Updating Chrome to the latest version is as simple as clicking on the “three-dot” menu at the upper right of the browser window and going to Help, then About Google Chrome. While some users may have automatic updates enabled, the updates will not be applied until the browser is restarted, and not everyone closes Chrome (or whichever browser they choose) on a regular basis, leaving it vulnerable.
Keeping your Web browser and your operating system up to date with the latest security patches is an important first step towards keeping your data and network secure. For more robust security and peace of mind, ask a Microwize Technology consultant about our managed IT services, backup solutions, and more.