Beware Google Chrome users! 2 billion users warned about huge threat; Know how to stay safe

Google has advised around 2 billion Chrome users worldwide to update their browsers after a vulnerability was discovered in the browser that puts the users at a risk of being hacked by cybercriminals.

Google has confirmed the hack after the new zero-day flaw was discovered through a blog post.

The blog posts reads, “We already issued a warning on CVE-2021-30563, a zero-day vulnerability, and now another one has surfaced that is just as hazardous, if not more so. CVE-2021-37973 is the name of this vulnerability. In its blog, Google said, “Google is aware that an exploit for CVE-2021-37973 exists in the wild.”

The new flaw has been codenamed as the CVE-2021-37973 and Google has warned that the new vulnerability is dangerous.

Previously, Google fixed a zero-day exploit after reports of cybercriminals being able to exploit it was reported. Now, another bug has been discovered and users are advised to update chrome to avoid it. The new flaw might have affected 2.65 billion Google Chrome users.

The new breach was first discovered by Google employees rather than a third party. Google also provided the exploit’s threat perception or ranking.

Google revealed the threat ranking on its blog, “High CVE-2021-37973 : Use after free in Portals. Reported by Clement Lecigne from Google TAG, with technical assistance from Sergei Glazunov and Mark Brand from Google Project Zero on 2021-09-21.”

The search giant has urged users to upgrade to Google Chrome immediately to avoid being hacked by cybercriminals.

Google thanked its employees and security researchers for discovering the breach and fixing the bug and stated “We would also like to thank all security researchers that worked with us during the development cycle to prevent security bugs from ever reaching the stable channel.”

Here’s how to check if your Google Chrome browser is protected:

  • Go to Settings.
  • Then click on Help option.
  • Click on About Google Chrome.
  • Check your Google Chrome version.
  • Those with Google Chrome version 94.0.4606.61 or more are safe.
  • If you do not have this version, then you have to wait.
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