Network Security, Patch/Configuration Management, Vulnerability Management

Chrome desktop update remedies 53 bugs, adds Spectre and Meltdown mitigations

Google's latest stable channel update for the Chrome browser on Windows, Mac and Linux desktop machines includes fixes for 53 security issues, including three high-severity vulnerabilities.

Issued on Jan. 24, Chrome 64.0.3282.119 addresses, among other bugs, CVE-2018-6031, a use-after-free flaw in the PDF software library PDFium; CVE-2018-6032, a same origin bypass error in Shared Worker; and CVE-2018-6033, a race condition vulnerability when opening downloaded files.

Additionally, the release includes additional protections against speculative side-channel attack techniques that exploit the CPU vulnerabilities known as Spectre and Meltdown.

Bradley Barth

As director of community content at CyberRisk Alliance, Bradley Barth develops content for SC Media online conferences and events, as well as video/multimedia projects. For nearly six years, he wrote and reported for SC Media as deputy editor and, before that, senior reporter. He was previously a program executive with the tech-focused PR firm Voxus. Past journalistic experience includes stints as business editor at Executive Technology, a staff writer at New York Sportscene and a freelance journalist covering travel and entertainment. In his spare time, Bradley also writes screenplays.

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