Chrome users should drop everything and update their browser immediately, security experts at Google have advised, after discovering an exploit that hackers are actively taking advantage of. The browser is designed to automatically update itself in many cases of a security issue, but this particular exploit can’t be fixed until Chrome is manually restarted.
At the heart of the problem is CVE-2019-5786, a terrible name for a potentially very dangerous flaw. First publicly identified by Google in late February 2019, it relies on an error in the memory management of the Chrome FileReader. If exploited correctly, it could allow a hacker to execute malicious code on a user’s system.
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