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Google has sent out a necessary update for the chrome web browser for the Mac to address a major security vulnerability discovered on March 23.
The “zero-day bug” is considered a “very serious weakness”, according to BleepingComputerwhich probably led to the fast turnaround and update fix by Google.
As per Google’s policy, the company has limited the details of the bug until the update is installed by most users. According to security researchers, there is currently an exploit that exploits this vulnerability that still “exists in the wild.”
Google also described on its Chrome Releases blog that the stable channel update, version 99.0.4844.84, is now available for Mac, as well as Windows and Linux. The update will be rolled out in the coming days and weeks.
To check and install the update, users can launch Chrome browser, click Chrome menu then select About Google Chrome† After watching the About Chrome Section for an available update, if one is available, you can click Restart to install the update.
Microsoft also announced a fix on March 26 after it found the exploit in its Chromium-based Edge browser. Other browsers that may be affected by the bug include Brave, Opera, and Vivaldi.
Mozilla Firefox and Apple Safari are not expected to be affected by the CVE-2022-1096 bug, as these browsers run on different codebases than Google Chrome or Chromium-based Microsoft Edge. This means they are not prone to the same bugs.
Currently, there is no word on whether the bug has affected Chrome or Edge in mobile browsers.