Urgent Chrome Update Released to Combat Active Zero-Day Exploit

  • Last updated May 14, 2024
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In a critical move to safeguard millions of users, Google has urgently released a security patch for Chrome after discovering a severe vulnerability being actively exploited. The flaw, identified as “CVE-2024-4671,” is described as a “use-after-free flaw in Chrome’s Visuals component,” which poses significant risks by allowing attackers to execute arbitrary code on the affected systems.

Google officially acknowledged the threat, stating, “We have released a patch for Chrome versions for Windows, Mac, and Linux as part of the stable channel update 124.0.6367.201/.202.”

This swift response comes after an anonymous researcher reported the issue on May 7th, 2024, emphasizing the ongoing battle against sophisticated cyber threats. The topic has been a highlight among Redditors as well as seen in the post below:

Update your Chrome browser ASAP. Google has confirmed a zero-day exploited in the wild
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The tech giant has made clear the danger of this vulnerability, which can lead to “data theft, system hijacking, or other malicious activities.” Given the severity of the risk, users are strongly advised to “update their Chrome browsers immediately” to mitigate potential damage.

As part of their announcement, Google included detailed instructions for users on how to update their Chrome browser. To initiate the update, users need to “navigate to Chrome’s settings and check for available updates even if they are using the best VPNs.”


For those unsure of the process, Google explains, “Open the Google Chrome browser, click on the three-dot icon at the upper-right corner, select ‘Help,’ then ‘About Google Chrome.’” The browser will automatically handle the rest, including checking for and downloading any available updates.

This latest zero-day exploit underlines the critical importance of keeping software updated and practicing robust cyber hygiene. Google encourages all users to “remain vigilant, exercise caution when browsing the web, and consider implementing additional security measures such as using a reputable antivirus solution and enabling two-factor authentication.”

With Chrome being used by “over 2.6 billion people worldwide,” the impact of such vulnerabilities is far-reaching, making quick and decisive updates crucial in the fight against cyber attackers.

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