Google’s flagship Chrome browser has just been updated to version 104. Although there are new versions for mobile users on both Android and iOS platforms, the most important updates are reserved for office users. If you’re using Chrome on a Windows, Mac, or Linux device, it’s a good idea to make sure that the version 104 update is enabled as soon as possible. There are 27 reasons why and they all have “safety” stamped on them.
Google has just confirmed the arrival of Chrome 104 on the stable channel for Windows, Mac and Linux users. Although this important update starts rolling out immediately, Google advises that it could be days or weeks before everyone sees their automatically updated browsers. Along with a bunch of feature updates, the 27 security patches should get your attention the most.
While none of the security issues addressed by Chrome 104 are already known to be exploited in the wild, there are no zero-days in other words, that doesn’t negate the importance of this update. from a security point of view. Seven of that total are considered high impact, which is reflected in the $43,000 in bounties paid to researchers who identified them. Another 15 issues received a medium impact rating and an additional $49,000 was paid out in bonuses.
The 7 high-impact Google Chrome vulnerabilities
The vulnerabilities that got the high marks, although full details have been reserved until a majority of users have updated, are as follows:
· CVE-2022-2603: to be used afterwards for free in Omnibox.
CVE-2022-2604: Use after free in safe browsing.
CVE-2022-2605: Out of bounds read in Dawn.
CVE-2022-2606: Use after free in managed devices API.
CVE-2022-2607: Use after free in tablograph.
· CVE-2022-2608: Use after release in Overview mode.
CVE-2022-2609: Use after free in Nearby Share.
How to activate your Google Chrome 104 security update right now
Several other browsers, including Microsoft Edge and the Brave browser, which are based on Chromium, will be updated in the coming days. If you are a Google Chrome user, it is advised to check the version number and ensure that 104.0.5112.81 is installed and activated. Although the Chrome browser automatically downloads and installs updates in most cases, the update and hence security patches are not activated until the browser is restarted. This can be a problem for people who keep tabs open for days or weeks. You can check your version using settings| About the Chrome menu entry. This will force a download if a download is available, and you can then restart the browser from here to activate the security update.