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  • In its advisory, CERT-In has written that Google Chrome has many vulnerabilities.
  • It can allow an attacker to send unneeded code to a targeted system
  • CERT-In has put the seriousness of the matter in the ‘high’ category.

Google Chrome versions prior to 98.0.4758.80 are affected by these vulnerabilities.

In its advisory, CERT-In has written that Google Chrome has many vulnerabilities.

Due to the many vulnerabilities present in the Google Chrome browser, the Government of India has warned users against being vulnerable to cyber attacks. The Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In) of the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology has advised users to update the Chrome browser to avoid targeted attacks. It is said that the hacker can gain access to the system by using arbitrary code. Earlier this month, Google fixed the vulnerability in Chrome 98. CERT-In has placed the seriousness of the matter in the ‘high’ category.

It can allow an attacker to send unneeded code to a targeted system

In its advisory, CERT-In has written that many vulnerabilities have been mentioned in Google Chrome. It can allow an attacker to send arbitrary code to a targeted system. The agency has said that Google Chrome versions before 98.0.4758.80 are affected by this vulnerability.

The advisory states that these vulnerabilities exist in Google Chrome due to free use of Safe Browsing, Reader Mode, Web Search, Thumbnail Tabs, Stripe, Screen Capture, Window Dialogs, Payments, Extensions, and Accessibility. Earlier this month, Google announced the release of Chrome 98 for Windows, macOS, and Linux users. The company said that the update includes a total of 27 security fixes.

In the last release, Google said that access to bug details and links may be restricted until most users update the Chrome browser on their systems.

CERT-In has put the seriousness of the matter in the ‘high’ category.

Google Chrome gets automatic updates in the background. However, users can download the update manually by going to Chrome and then About Google Chrome. Once the update is downloaded, the browser will need to be relaunched. Only then will the latest version be fully installed.

Google’s concerns are not even here. Last month, there was news that the company’s CEO Sundar Pichai could be questioned in a case. This decision was given by a federal judge in California, USA. The plaintiffs alleged that their internet usage was illegally tracked by Google in ‘Incognito’ browsing mode.

In a lawsuit filed in June 2020, the user has accused Google. It is said that Google tracked his internet usage and illegally invaded his privacy. All this happened when the user had set the Google Chrome browser to private mode.

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