Update Google Chrome to Patch New Zero-Day Exploit Detected in the Wild

Google has rolled out fixes for five security vulnerabilities in its Chrome web browser, including one which it says is being exploited in the wild, making it the 17th such weakness to be disclosed since the start of the year.

Tracked as CVE-2021–4102, the flaw relates to a use-after-free bug in the V8 JavaScript and WebAssembly engine, which could have severe consequences ranging from corruption of valid data to the execution of arbitrary code. An anonymous researcher has been credited with discovering and reporting the flaw.

As it stands, it’s not known how the weakness is being abused in real-world attacks, but the internet giant issued a terse statement that said, “it’s aware of reports that an exploit for CVE-2021–4102 exists in the wild.” This is done so in an attempt to ensure that a majority of users are updated with a fix and prevent further exploitation by other threat actors.

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