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The backstory: The Google Chrome browser has an insanely high user base of over 3 billion people. It's the leading internet browser in the world. As the biggest browser, though, Chrome also has a target on its back when it comes to exploits and hacking, especially when there's a glitch with its system.
More recently: On April 11 (last week), Google discovered its first Zero Day vulnerability of this year. In this case, it's a vulnerability in the system that's been found and disclosed but hasn't gotten a patch yet. With a zero day vulnerability often comes an exploit, which attacks that vulnerability and can lead to info hacks.
Because these vulnerabilities are discovered before the software team is aware and able to fix them, they are riskier for users. Last week, it was found by Google's Threat Analysis Group, but the first exploits started popping up before a patch could be created.
The development: Everyone using Google Chrome has been advised to update their browser ASAP. On Friday, Google released a blog post saying that a Zero Day vulnerability had been found and could affect computers with Windows, Mac or Linux operating systems. Google also described the risk as "in the wild," meaning it isn't just theoretical; it's actually being used in real-world hacks. But Google now has a patch; all you need to do to keep your browser secure is update it.
"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 is aware that an exploit for CVE-2023-2033 exists in the wild," says the blog post from Google's team.
"All it takes is one unpatched vulnerability for an attack to squeeze through a crack in your defenses. Keeping your software updated with the latest security patches is one of the single best actions you can take in terms of bang for your buck in cyber defense," said a WatchGuard Threat Lab Internet Security Report from 2022.