Google Chrome users warned after 15 security flaws discovered
Google is warning billions of users to update their Chrome browsers immediately after more than a dozen security flaws were reported, with many caught by external bug bounty hunters.
The new Google Chrome 113 update released on Tuesday enables security fixes for the bugs, and includes “stability and performance improvement,” Google said in a blog post.
Of the 15 flaws, 10 were reported by external researchers from Google’s Bug Hunters program, which rewards worldwide security engineers and researchers for flagging problems with Google products.
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The tech giant released $US30,500 ($A45,000) in cash bounties ranging from $US1000 to $US7500 to the external researchers who reported Google Chrome flaws and contributed to the fixes from August 2022 to February 2023.
Most security flaws were listed as medium to low risk, though some detected by Google’s internal security team were listed as high risk.
Details are currently being kept secret by Google to protect user security until the majority of users get the chance to update their browsers.
It is estimated there are more than 3 billion Chrome users world-wide.
“Access to bug details and links may be kept restricted until a majority of users are updated with a fix,” Google said.
“We will also retain restrictions if the bug exists in a third-party library that other projects similarly depend on, but haven’t yet fixed.
“We would also like to thank all security researchers that worked with us during the development cycle to prevent security bugs from ever reaching the stable channel.”
Google Chrome often updates automatically, but you can otherwise update it by opening Google Chrome, clicking on the three vertical dots in the top right-hand corner of the screen, clicking “Help”, then clicking “About Google Chrome”.
Then click “Update Google Chrome”. If you cannot see this prompt, you’re already using the latest version.
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