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Serious Chrome Vulnerability Discovered

Yesterday, March 6th, Google announced the discovery of a very serious flaw in their Chrome Browser that can allow malicious parties and websites to install and run software on your computer without your knowledge.  Google is stressing the immediate need for everyone to update their Chrome browser as soon as possible due to the severity of the flaw.

What's going on?

Google has identified a high threat flaw in the Chrome browser that will allow an outside party to install any manner of malicious or virus-like programs on your computer without your knowledge.  Unfortunately, they've also confirmed that several groups have already begun to actively exploit this flaw. 

Am I affected?

To tell if your browser if affected, open chrome, type chrome://settings/help into the address bar and press enter to load a help page that will give you the current version of your browser.  You can also view the version by clicking on the 3 vertical dots in the upper right hand corner of chrome and navigating down to Help -> About Google Chrome.  If your browser is older than version 72.0.3626.121, you need to update right away. 

How do I update?

If your browser is not up to date, the same help screen you used to find the version should also offer you an option to download the latest chrome update.  If you see the option to update, be sure to run it.

My browser was affected, what does this mean?

Just because your browser had the flaw doesn't mean it was exploited.  At this point, just make sure you update Chrome to the latest version, watch for any unusual behavior on your computer and make sure your antivirus software is up to date and run at least once a week.  For those on campus, we provide daily quick scans and updates are made available daily.


Additional information can be found here:

https://www.zdnet.com/article/google-reveals-chrome-zero-day-under-active-attacks/

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/google-chrome-update-patches-zero-day-actively-exploited-in-the-wild/

 

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