Google fixes 'critical' security hole in Chrome

A malicious hacker could exploit the vulnerability to run code on a compromised machine

Google has plugged a security vulnerability in its Chrome browser that the company considers critical.

The latest Chrome release -- version 2.0.172.33 -- fixes an issue that could let a malicious hacker carry out a buffer overflow attack, Google said Monday in an official blog.

If successful, the attack could allow the hacker to crash the browser and run code on a compromised machine with the privileges of the logged-on user.

To exploit the vulnerability, the hacker would have to involve "a specially crafted response from an HTTP server," according to Google, which didn't go into more specifics in the blog posting.

Google plans to provide more details about the vulnerability once a majority of Chrome users have patched their browsers. Chrome's internal security team discovered the flaw.

This latest version also fixes other bugs, including Chrome crashes when loading some HTTPS sites.

Join the newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection

Tags exploits and vulnerabilitiesGoogleGoogle Chrome

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Juan Carlos Perez

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Sarah Ieroianni

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Ratchada Dunn

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.

George Khoury

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic

David Coyle

Brother PocketJet PJ-773 A4 Portable Thermal Printer

I rate the printer as a 5 out of 5 stars as it has been able to fit seamlessly into my busy and mobile lifestyle.

Kurt Hegetschweiler

Brother PocketJet PJ-773 A4 Portable Thermal Printer

It’s perfect for mobile workers. Just take it out — it’s small enough to sit anywhere — turn it on, load a sheet of paper, and start printing.

Matthew Stivala

HP OfficeJet 250 Mobile Printer

The HP OfficeJet 250 Mobile Printer is a great device that fits perfectly into my fast paced and mobile lifestyle. My first impression of the printer itself was how incredibly compact and sleek the device was.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?