Google recently released an advisory telling users to update their Chrome browser immediately due to a zero-day vulnerability. The flaw allows a specially-scripted page to read older file data in Chrome’s cache (the quick-read files that browsers store to speed things up). This could potentially expose personal information such as medical data, banking information, tax returns (’tis the season), and much more.
All that was the bad news – the good news is that Chrome updates itself by default, and it never asks you if you want to turn that off. Nevertheless, it’s worth a look to see if your Chrome installation has updated.
Users on Windows, Mac and Linux can access Chrome settings by visiting chrome://settings/help and checking to see if the version is up to date. You can also click on the Customize and Control icon (the three vertical dots in the upper right of the browser) and choose Help > About Google Chrome. If your browser has 72.0.3626.121 as the version, it is up to date (and will say so). If this isn’t your version, you can manually start a download.
As always, if you need assistance, please contact the Helpdesk at x1047, or open a ticket.