Zero-Day Flaw in Chrome Under Active Attack
There is a critical Chrome zero-day vulnerability being actively exploited in the wild.
Google has warned that a zero-day Remote Code Execution “RCE” vulnerability is actively being exploited in the wild by attackers to target Chrome users.
The latest attacks exploit CVE-2019-5786, a security flaw and the only patch included in the Chrome 72.0.3626.121 version, released on March 1, 2019.
How are attackers leveraging this vulnerability?
The flaw is enabling attackers to conduct remote code execution attacks, taking full control of their target PCs. Depending on the privileges given to Chrome, the attacker could install programs; view, change, or delete data; or create new accounts.
Additionally, the Google cybersecurity team has discovered that the flaw is located in the FileReader API component in the Google Chrome browser application. This is the main issue which allows launching code through remote servers.
What should you do?
Patching is the ultimate fix.
Robert Brown, Director of Services for Verismic said, “Ahead of next week’s Patch Tuesday, everyone should prioritize this update before Microsoft adds additional workload to their monthly schedule. As of March, Google Chrome is estimated to be used on 67% of all Internet browsers and as this vulnerability impacts not only Windows but Linux and Mac OS too, there is no amnesty usually associated with non-Windows OS this time.
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