Google plugs high-risk hole in Chrome browser

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

Hot on the heels of a serious security update for its rival Mozilla Firefox, Google has released version 2.0.172.37 of its Chrome web browser which fixes a couple of security holes that could be exploited by users visiting a booby-trapped website.

According to a statement on Google’s Chrome release blog, the more critical vulnerability might allow a hacker to run code with the user’s privileges.

If you’re running Google Chrome then it should be automatically looking for updates via its self-updating facility.

Hopefully this vulnerability won’t matter for most of you though, as judging by the stats for web visitors to the Clu-blog only 3.61% of you are using Chrome. That’s behind Firefox and Safari for Macs at 3.95% and 5.40% respectively,…

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.