Update Google Chrome Now

Users are advised to update their Google Chrome browser asap on all devices to the latest version, 72.0.3626.121. The security issue patched by this update is is a zero-day vulnerability, rated as “high severity” and “Google is aware of reports that an exploit for CVE-2019-5786 exists in the wild.”  Please note that all previous versions of Google Chrome are vulnerable to attacks exploiting CVE-2019-5786.  

The security issue is a use-after-free-flaw or a memory mismanagement bug in the browser FileReader API designed to allow the browser to access and read locally stored files, which could potentially allow an attacker to execute arbitrary code and take over a device, or trigger a denial of service. Possible exploit consequences include data deletion and the installation of malware.

To manually update Google Chrome on a Mac:  

  • Open Google Chrome
  • Click Chrome, About Google Chrome

Screenshot showing the Chrome Menu available when "Chrome" is clicked on the application menu bar

  • You will see the current version of Google Chrome running.  Click Relaunch to apply any available update.Screenshot showing the display of Google Chrome version information on the left side and the "Relaunch" button on the right side
  • Following a relaunch, you will see the following, informing you that Google Chrome is up to date.

Screenshot with text "Google Chrome is up to date" with the version number, 72.0.3626.121, beneath this text

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