In a recent alert, India’s cybersecurity watchdog, CERT-In, has flagged critical security flaws in Google Chrome and Chromebooks, urging users to update their software pronto. Operating under the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, CERT-In’s warning revolves around several high-severity vulnerabilities found in ChromeOS and the Chrome browser.
Here’s the lowdown: These security gaps, detailed in CERT-In’s Vulnerability Notes CIVN-2023-0343 and CIVN-2023-0342, are serious enough to let hackers run harmful code and gain unauthorized access to users’ systems. They could potentially sidestep all existing security measures on the affected devices. The main culprit? A glitch, that is known as ‘use-after-free’ in Chrome’s Web Audio component.
Affected versions include Google ChromeOS LTS channel version before 114.0.5735.339 and Google Chrome versions prior to 119.0.6045.123 for Linux and Mac, and 119.0.6045.123/.124 for Windows. CERT-In’s website lists these along with specific vulnerability codes for ChromeOS and Chrome.
What’s at stake? These vulnerabilities can lead to a range of cyber threats, from executing unauthorized code to causing denial-of-service attacks. They stem from issues like inappropriate implementation in downloads and heap buffer overflow in PDF, among others.
The silver lining? Google’s already on it. They’ve rolled out patches for these vulnerabilities in Chrome and ChromeOS. CERT-In’s advice? Update your software ASAP to dodge any digital disaster. Stay safe, stay updated!
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