Google Chrome users are currently at risk of new high-level hacks, as the search engine giant confirmed. Because of this, the tech developer issued a warning to a total of 2.65 billion consumers across the globe, saying that they discovered new malicious campaigns in the browser. 

This is the third time that Google has issued a high alert level warning for its Chrome users. The company also published a new blog post that to specify the high-level and medium-level vulnerabilities.  

Billions of Google Chrome Users At Risk of New High-Level Hacks | Here's What You Need To Do
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The giant tech firm confirmed a total of five severe flaws in its popular Chrome browser: 

  • High - CVE-2021-37985 : Use after free in V8. Reported by Yangkang (@dnpushme) of 360 ATA on 2021-08-20
  • High - CVE-2021-37981 : Heap buffer overflow in Skia. Reported by Yangkang (@dnpushme) of 360 ATA on 2021-09-04
  • High - CVE-2021-37984 : Heap buffer overflow in PDFium. Reported by Antti Levomäki, Joonas Pihlaja and Christian Jalio from Forcepoint on 2021-09-27
  • High - CVE-2021-37982 : Use after free in Incognito. Reported by Weipeng Jiang (@Krace) from Codesafe Team of Legendsec at Qi'anxin Group on 2021-09-11
  • High - CVE-2021-37983 : Use after free in Dev Tools. Reported by Zhihua Yao of KunLun Lab on 2021-09-15

Billions of Google Chrome Users Now At Risk

According to Google's official blog post, the company's security team discovered a total of five high-level browser flaws, eight medium-level vulnerabilities, as well as two low-level issues. 

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On the other hand, Forbes reported that Chrome was also affected by UAF (Use-After-Free) exploits more than ten times back in September. Aside from this, Google also suffered from a zero-day UAF exploit during that period. 

Google is just one of the companies that are currently targeted by cybercriminals. Recently, it was reported that Twitch hackers targeted the popular streaming platform for hours. 

On the other hand, an SMS routing company was also hacked. Experts said that the malicious campaign against Syniverse lasted for five years.  

How Can Chromes Users Protect Themselves?

Since Chrome users are facing severe browser flaws, Google decided to release a critical update. The new Chrome version 95.0.4638.54 is expected to prevent and fix the mentioned vulnerabilities in the company's popular browser service. 

To check the update, you need to visit your Chrome's Settings. After that, go to the Help section and choose the "About Google Chrome" option. More details will be provided once you are there. 

For more news updates about Google Chrome and other popular browsing services, always keep your tabs open here at TechTimes.  

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