Google has fixed a fifth-zero-day vulnerability in Chrome's latest security update


Google released a security update for Chrome to fix a zero-day vulnerability. The security vulnerability was being wildly exploited, and could result in data leakage, code execution, and software crashes.

This is the fifth zero-day exploit fixed by Google since the beginning of this year. Three zero-day exploits were discovered in March 2024.

Google shared details of the vulnerability, saying that it is a “use after free” vulnerability in the visual component that handles the rendering and display of content on the browser.

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Use-after-free errors occur when a program is unable to properly free memory after completing a valid request that uses the memory in that area.

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The flaw could be abused by other software or components to access data and result in data leakage, code execution, and software crashes.

Google Chrome automatically checks and updates security solutions when they become available, however, users can check if they are running updated software. Users can go to Settings About Chrome, update the software, and relaunch Chrome to fix the security flaw.

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