Hacking attacks and exploits are a constant game of cat and mouse between developers and hackers. With over 3 billion users, Chrome/Chromium is the most targeted software in the world today. Google also confirmed that the number of Zero-day attacks is increasing.
What is a Zero-day Attack?
With that in mind, Google issued a warning on its official blog, that Chrome on Windows, macOS, and Linux is vulnerable to a new ‘zero-day’ hack. Zero-day attack is a dangerous form of attack, which means hackers are aware of the vulnerability before Google can fix the problem. Chromium’s V8 program is responsible for running java scripts which means if the attackers found any vulnerability they could place any background software as they want.
“Google is aware that an exploit for CVE-2022-1096 exists in the wild, this means every chrome user is vulnerable” admitted Google.
Is Microsoft Edge Remain Safe?
Microsoft Edge is a chromium-based browser and since the vulnerability issued on Chromium open-source software, Edge is running on warning too. Microsoft is also aware of that and rolled out a new emergency update on its Security Center. That confirms all Chromium-based browsers on the risk list such as Amazon Silk, Brave, Opera, Samsung Internet.
Google currently limits information about exploits so that users take the time to update and ask users to update chrome version 99.0.4844.84. At the time of publishing this report, all companies marked the threat as ”High”.
High: CVE-2022-1096 Confusion in V8
Google has admitted there were 16 Zero-day attacks performed in 2021 alone and also revealed 12th and 13th caused so much damage. With the concern around the security exploitations, the US cybersecurity and infrastructure security agency ordered all federal agencies to patch immediately. All Chromium-based companies are following Google’s lead and rolling out emergency updates.