Google Chrome updated to patch security vulnerabilities

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

Google’s Chrome web browser may be some way off dominating the competitive browser market, but it still has its ardent fans.

Those users should be aware that Google has released a new version of its Chrome web browser which fixes a number of security vulnerabilities.

Version 2.0.172.43 of Chrome fixes a high severity flaw in the V8 Javascript engine which would allow maliciously-crafted Javascript on a webpage to read unauthorised memory, bypassing security checks. It is possible that this could lead to unauthorised data being disclosed to an attacker or allow a malicious hacker to run code on your computer. Google has said it will make more details of the issue available once the majority of users are patched.

In addition, another flaw labelled “high severity” fixes a problem whereby webpages using XML can cause a Google Chrome tab process to crash. Google says that this update prevents hackers from being able to exploit this vulnerability to run arbitary code inside the Chrome…

Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.