Updating to the latest version of Chrome is now more important than ever. Google’s web browser version 88.0.4324.150, released Thursday, fixed a vulnerability that the search giant said was being actively exploited. The update is now available on Windows, Mac and Linux.
Google said it would not provide specific details about the CVE-2021-21148 vulnerability “until most users install the fix.” However, ZDNet notes that the date Google said the bug was reported (Jan 24) was just one day before Google’s Threat Analysis Group publicly announced a hacking attempt that appeared to be based in part on an unpatched vulnerability in Chrome. He said hackers from North Korea and government-backed hackers set up a blog to lure in their targets, who would infect their machines even if they use fully patched software.
Regardless of the bug fixed, it’s more important than usual to make sure you’re running the latest version of Chrome. Basically, although the browser update process is automatic, you can speed things up and start the update manually from the ‘About Google Chrome’ screen.