If you’re using Google Chrome or a Chromium-based browser, whether on macOS, Windows, or Linux, it’s time to check for a critical security update. On Friday, Google released an update to Chrome to fix a significant vulnerability that is being actively exploited in ongoing cyberattacks. Google has urged users of all operating systems to update Chrome as soon as possible.
The security flaw involves a collection of back-end libraries called Mojo, which are used by Chromium-based browsers, including Opera, Brave, and Microsoft Edge. The zero-day vulnerability is classified as high severity and has been tagged CVE-2022-307. Google’s update patch fixes the vulnerability and updates your current version of Chrome to version 105.0.5195.102.
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If you haven’t applied a recent update or your updates aren’t automatically enabled, here’s how to check your Chrome version and get updated quickly.
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How to Update Chrome on Android
By default, Android phones and tablets are configured to allow Google Chrome to automatically check for and install updates. If you have disabled this setting, you can easily re-enable it by opening your Play Store app, selecting Google Chrome, then tapping the three-dot menu on the app’s Play Store page to open your update settings .
Here’s how to check if your Google Chrome app is updated in Android.
1. Open your Play Store app. In the top right corner, tap your profile icon.
2. Faucet Manage apps and devices to evoke the Insight tab.
3. The second option on the Overview tab will say either All apps up to date Where Updates available. If you see Updates available, tap it.
4. In the list of applications that appears, find Google Chrome. Next to the app name, tap Update.
For App Store users, Google Chrome should be automatically configured to check for and install app updates. Here’s how to manually check for updates.
1. Open the AppStore on your iPhone or iPad.
2. Faucet Profile properties in the upper right corner, then scroll to Updates available.
3. Look for Google Chrome. If Chrome is listed, tap Update to install the latest browser updates.
You may be asked to provide the App Store with your Apple ID and password. If so, provide them and updates will start downloading and installing.
Whether you use macOS or Windows, your Google Chrome update process is the same. Here’s how to check for updates and install them quickly.
1. On your computer or laptop, open Google Chrome and click the button More menu located in the upper right corner of the browser (it looks like three dots, stacked vertically).
2. Here you will be able to see if an update has recently been released. If you see a green icon, it means an update was released less than two days ago. An orange icon means there’s been an update pending for four days now. And a red icon means an update has been waiting for you for at least a week.
3. Near the bottom of the More click on Assistance then click About Google Chrome.
4. In the new screen that opens, click on the button Update Google Chrome button. Can’t find the button? Great. This means that you are already up to date.
5. If you clicked the Update Google Chrome button, finish by clicking Revive.
Chrome will now restart and you will be fully up to date.