If you are currently considering whether to update your Chrome browser to the next version or to delay this some more, then it is recommended that you take a swift course of action.
Chrome update 88 comes with a crucial zero-day vulnerability fix, therefore making it one of the most important updates in the history of Google’s flagship browser.
The latest version (88.0.4324.150 to be precise) comes as a response to a vulnerability that Google says is already being exploited in the wild.
The fix was released on 4th February, and is available for the following operating systems:
At this time, Google does not want to delve into any specifics regarding the vulnerability known as CVE-2021-21148.
This is expected to be the case until the majority of Chrome users apply the update.
According to ZDNet, the bug was reported on 24th January, which happens to be one day before a hacking campaign was made public by Google’s Threat Analysis Group.
The very same hacking campaign appears to be partially relying on targeting those who have not yet updated their browser.
Various reports indicate that there is a group of North Korean hackers backed by the government who prey on unsuspecting targets and lure them onto an infected website where targeted malware awaits.
In the event of visiting one of these infected websites, the cyber-attack is said to be successful even if the victim’s device is fully patched.
Until more details are revealed, users are urged to update their Chrome browser to the newest version.
Although you should be able to receive the patch automatically, it is worthwhile expediting the process by heading over to the ‘About Google Chrome’ menu and updating from there.