Author: Melodie Foster
Date: 18th November 2020
A further two zero-day vulnerabilities have been found in Chrome which would allow an unauthenticated, remote attacker to compromise an affected system via the web. According to Google, both flaws are actively being exploited which brings the total of actively exploited flaws found in Chrome within the last three weeks to five.
Both flaws have a CVSS score of 8.4 out of 10 and have a severity rating of “high”, and a stable release patching the two flaws (CVE-2020-16013 and CVE-2020-16017). will be rolled out over the next weeks.
To exploit CVE-2020-16017, researchers have said that by creating a specific web page and tricking the victim into visiting it, an attacker can trigger use-after-free error and execute arbitrary code on the target system.
The second flaw, however, has been described by Google as an “inappropriate implementation in V8,” whereby the software does not implement or incorrectly implements one or more security-relevant checks.
Users are advised to update their Chrome browsers to the latest version (86.0.4240.198) as soon as possible… Like now… stop reading this article and update Chrome. If you have automatic updates enabled, your browser should update by itself. Otherwise, you’ll have to do it manually by navigating to the About Google Chrome section, which can be found under Help in the side menu.
If you use Microsoft’s Chromium based Edge browser, then update to version 86.0.622.69.
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