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Chrome security lead urges you to patch it to avoid new exploit

Chrome's security lead has called on users to urgently update their apps to the latest version.

Published onMarch 7, 2019

The Google Chrome app on Android.

Google has patched a rather serious zero-day exploit in the desktop and Android versions of the Chrome browser.

According to Google’s own Chrome Releases blog (via Android Police), the search giant patched a serious “use-after-free” flaw related to the FileReader API. This API allows websites and other web-based services to read files stored on a user’s computer. But the flaw lets hackers break out and execute potentially malicious code on a device.

What made Google’s fix even more pressing was the apparent admission that the flaw was being used in attacks, as opposed to a vulnerability that was only found in a closed, security environment. In fact, Chrome security lead Justin Schuh tweeted (h/t: ZDNet) that users should update their browser installs right now.

Also, seriously, update your Chrome installs… like right this minute. #PSA
— Justin Schuh ? (@justinschuh) March 6, 2019

In any event, you should update your Android and desktop versions of the Chrome browser to version 72.0.3626.121 via the buttons below.

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