Update Google Chrome Now: A New Zero-Day Exploit

by | May 11, 2024

Yet another zero-day exploit has hit Google Chrome. If that news sounds familiar, that’s because it keeps happening, and that likely won’t change any time soon. As the most popular web browser in the world, with 63.6% of the global market share, it’s become an ongoing target for zero-day exploits. The one solution? Patching Google Chrome now. 

The Latest Chrome Zero-Day Exploit (CVE-2024-4671)

A critical security update for Google Chrome was released on Thursday to patch a recently discovered vulnerability (CVE-2024-4671) that attackers are already exploiting. This high-severity flaw affects the browser’s Visual component and is a bug known as “use-after-free.” These bugs can cause crashes or even allow attackers to take complete control of your device. 

While Google is aware of the circulating exploits, they haven’t revealed how attackers are using this vulnerability or who might be behind it. Additionally, they have not discussed which devices are impacted by this vulnerability. They recommend that all users update Google Chrome immediately to avoid being impacted by this zero-day exploit.

How To Update Google Chrome

If you’re reading this article from a Google Chrome browser, regardless of device, immediately check to make sure you’re fully updated. We’ve provided instructions on how to do it on most devices:

How To Update Google Chrome on Most Devices:

  1. Open Google Chrome on your device. 
  2. Click the three dots in the top right corner. 
  3. Click “Help” and then “About Google Chrome.” 
  4. Chrome will automatically check for updates. If one is available, you’ll see a button to “Relaunch” to apply the update.

How To Update Google Chrome on the iOS App Store:

  1. Open the App Store app on your iPhone or iPad. 
  2. Tap on your profile picture in the top right corner. 
  3. Scroll down to the “Available Updates” section.
  4. Look for “Google Chrome” in the list. If an update is available, you’ll see an “Update” button next to it. 
  5. Tap “Update” to download and install the latest version of Chrome. If prompted, enter your Apple ID password to complete the update.

How To Update Google Chrome on the Google Play Store:

  1. Open the Google Play Store app on your Android phone or tablet. 
  2. Tap on your profile picture in the top right corner. 
  3. Select “Manage apps & device” from the menu. 
  4. Under “Updates available,” you’ll see a list of apps with available updates. If Chrome doesn’t have the latest update, it’ll show up there. 
  5. Tap “Updatenext to Chrome or tap “Update allto update all apps with available updates.

Why is Google Chrome Prone to Zero-Day Exploits?

Put simply, being the most popular web browser in the world makes it an attractive target. Cybercriminals prioritize their time and resources to where they’ll most likely get results. That means any zero-day exploit found on Google Chrome is vastly more impactful than those targeting other browsers. Chrome is targeted and patched so often that some hackers even trick users with fake Chrome updates as many won’t question the need to stay updated.

Additionally, Google is constantly developing Chrome. They frequently push out new updates and features, any of which can introduce a new zero-day exploit. That support expands to a multitude of other services and solutions they offer. With enough moving parts and over 180,000 employees to manage, it’s easy to see how vulnerabilities can slip under the radar.

Let ITonDemand Handle Your Patch Management

Running a business means juggling many different tasks and needs. Routine software patching is essential to keeping software running well and a critical part of staying safe against cyber threats. Yet, without proper management, there’s no guarantee that people are updating their browsers. ITonDemand solves that concern with software and patch management, ensuring everyone’s devices are better protected against current and future threats.

Are you having trouble keeping up with all these Google Chrome zero-day exploits? ITonDemand can help! For a consultation, get in touch with us via our contact form or call us at: +1 (800) 297-8293

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