Google has issued a new update of its Chrome browser that includes a critical security fix. The new version 81.0.4044.113 has been rolled out for Windows, Mac and Linux. Google did not share any details about the specific security issue.
Google explained that “access to bug details and links may be kept restricted until a majority of users are updated with a fix. We will also retain restrictions if the bug exists in a third party library that other projects similarly depend on, but haven’t yet fixed.”
As Google doesn’t want evil hackers exploiting the vulnerability, all Google divulges is the codename for the exploit (CVE-2020-6457) and the vague description: “Use after free in speech recognizer”. Moreover, the exploit has been marked as ‘Reserved’ by the US government’s National Vulnerability Database. It makes a lot of sense that Google would consider the exploit serious enough that it wants the details kept secret from potential hackers before most Chrome users have upgraded and are safe.
How to Update Googe Chrome to Latest Version?
The new update has already rolled out. Chrome users can check their version by clicking the three vertical dots (⋮) in the top right corner of the browser then navigating to Help > About.