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Google announces security patches for severe flaws in Chrome

Google patches flaws in Chrome

Google released security patches to stomp out severe flaws in Chrome. So, the company announced that patches for all the bugs Google disclosed will be available in the next few days.

No less than eight security bugs were addressed in Chrome browser version 80.0.3987.162 for all the operating systems. But, according to the Center for Internet Security (CIS), the most severe flaws could allow attackers to execute arbitrary code.

“Depending on the privileges associated with the application, an attacker could view, change, or delete data. If this application has been configured to have fewer user rights on the system, exploitation of the most severe of these vulnerabilities could have less impact than if it was configured with administrative rights,” CIS announced in an alert.

Until now, as Google is usually doing, the company has not offered many details of the bugs. But they usually do this only after a majority of users are updated with the fix. Still, the giant outlined three of the vulnerabilities. External researchers discovered them.

So, two of the high-severity vulnerabilities discovered are related to the WebAudio component of Chrome (CVE-2020-6450 and CVE-2020-6451). This component helps processing and synthesizing audio in web apps.

Both flaws are memory corruption flaws where the attackers try to access memory after it has been freed. So, this may cause different important problems, from a program crash to the execution of arbitrary code. That’s why analysts call the flaw a use-after-free-flaw.

Attackers could remotely exploit the flaws

It turned out that the attackers could exploit the flaw tied to CVE-2020-6450 remotely, without any authentication. Man Yue Mo, from the Semmle Security Research Team reported the flaws on March 17.

Also, more than one week before, on March 9, a researcher reported another vulnerability in the Media component of Chrome. This component displays video and audio browsers. The vulnerability (CVE-2020-6452) allows a buffer overflow attack. This appears when an area of the physical memory used for temporarily storing data (a buffer) is allocated in the region of the process’s memory used to store variables. The excessive data amounts corrupt the memory around and could alter other data. Thus, it opens the door for malicious attacks.

So, the CIS alert recommended users to “apply the stable channel update immediately”.

It seems that severe flaws in Chrome represent a big problem, lately. Google had to patch a web browser zero-day bug in February 2020.

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