Google Chrome UPDATE – Patch being prepared to address shock security risk

Google Chrome UPDATE – Patch being prepared to address shock security risk

Google Chrome fans have been put on alert about an update that will be pushed out soon which addresses a recently discovered vulnerability.



On January 23 the search engine giant will roll out Google Chrome version 64.

The big upcoming update will address the Meltdown and Spectre flaws, which are recently discovered vulnerabilities that affect a host of major CPUs.

Nearly all computers worldwide, and many other devices like smartphones, have been exposed to the security gaps leaving them vulnerable to hacker attacks.

Researchers discovered the vulnerabilities in the central processing units, which could allow privately stored data on computers to be hacked.

It’s important to note so far no data breaches have been reported. 

But there are concerns that now it’s been made public the bugs could be taken advantage of by nefarious parties.

The Meltdown security risk affects laptops, desktop computers and internet servers with Intel chips.

While Spectre affects some chips made by Intel, ARM and AMD that are found in smartphones, tablets and computers.

The bugs could allow hackers to read sensitive information stored on affected device and steps passwords or credit card data, according to the BBC.  

And as the tech industry as a whole rushes to address the issues, Google have announced Chrome will be getting an update to tackle the problem.

Outlining the update, Google simply said that: “Chrome 64, due to be released on January 23, will contain mitigations to protect against exploitation.”

They added that users can enable Site Isolation, an experimental feature in the current Chrome 63, for additional protection.

The feature is meant to make it harder for untrusted websites to access or steal information.

The news comes after Intel issued a statement responding to the Meltdown and Spectre revelations.

The major CPU manufacturer said: “Intel and other technology companies have been made aware of new security research describing software analysis methods that, when used for malicious purposes, have the potential to improperly gather sensitive data from computing devices that are operating as designed. 

“Intel believes these exploits do not have the potential to corrupt, modify or delete data.

“Recent reports that these exploits are caused by a “bug” or a “flaw” and are unique to Intel products are incorrect. 

“Based on the analysis to date, many types of computing devices — with many different vendors’ processors and operating systems — are susceptible to these exploits.

“Intel is committed to product and customer security and is working closely with many other technology companies, including AMD, ARM Holdings and several operating system vendors, to develop an industry-wide approach to resolve this issue promptly and constructively. 

“Intel has begun providing software and firmware updates to mitigate these exploits.”

Major operating system makers Microsoft, Apple and Linux have said they will all be issuing patches to address the issues.

While Google have said Android phones with the most recent security updates are predicted, and Gmail users are also safe.

Published at Fri, 05 Jan 2018 13:50:00 +0000

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