CERT-In Issues Warning: High-Risk Vulnerabilities in Google Chrome Put Users at Risk
CERT-In Issues Warning: High-Risk Vulnerabilities in Google Chrome Put Users at Risk

New Delhi: The Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In) has issued an urgent advisory regarding critical vulnerabilities discovered in Google Chrome for desktop users. These vulnerabilities are classified as high-risk and require immediate attention from users to protect their systems from potential exploitation.

According to CERT-In Vulnerability Note CIVN-2024-0193, the vulnerabilities affect Google Chrome versions earlier than 126.0.6478.114/115 on Windows and Mac, and versions earlier than 126.0.6478.114 on Linux. If left unaddressed, these flaws could pose significant dangers.

The main risk associated with these vulnerabilities is that a remote attacker could exploit them by tricking a user into visiting a specially crafted website. Once on such a site, the vulnerabilities could enable the attacker to execute arbitrary code on the victim's system. This could result in serious consequences, including data theft, system compromise, and the installation of malware.

To mitigate these risks, CERT-In strongly advises Chrome users to take immediate action. First, users should update Google Chrome to version 126.0.6478.114 or later, as Google has already released patches to fix these vulnerabilities. Detailed instructions and the latest updates can be found on the official Google Chrome Releases blog. Second, users should ensure that automatic updates are enabled if they are not already, to receive future security patches promptly.

Additionally, users are urged to exercise caution when clicking on unfamiliar links. Phishing attempts often use deceptive or alarming messages to lure users into visiting malicious websites.

Given the severity of these vulnerabilities, it is crucial for all Google Chrome users to update their browsers immediately. Failing to do so could leave systems vulnerable to serious security threats, including remote code execution and potential data breaches.

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