Google has recently announced the release of an updated version of its Chrome desktop browser for Windows, Mac, and Linux which includes a critical security fix. At this point in time, Google is being tight-lipped about the exact nature of the security bug for obvious security reasons.
According to security company Sophos, because the vulnerability is dubbed ”critical” it is most likely a ”use after free” bug which enables RCE (Remote Code Execution) and allows an attacker to run code on the computer.
In some cases, use-after-free bugs can allow an attacker to change the flow of control inside your program, including diverting the CPU to run untrusted code that the attacker just poked into memory from outside, thereby sidestepping any of the browser’s usual security checks or “are you sure” dialogs.
That’s the most serious sort of exploit, known in the jargon as RCE, short for remote code execution, which means just what it says – that a crook can run code on your computer remotely, without warning, even if they’re on the other side of the world ~ (credit Sophos)
Update Chrome Now
The latest Chrome release containing the security fix is 81.0.4044.113. To update Chrome, click on the three vertical dots at the far right of the address bar to open Settings, then click Help, and then About Google Chrome:
From here, the update should install automatically. You will need to restart Chrome to complete the update and your new version number should then match as per the following screenshot:
This is a serious bug folks, so please update your desktop Chrome browser ASAP.