Vague Google Chrome Warning is Cause for Browser Update

What To Do

Google Chrome users should update to browser version 81.0.4044.113 or later immediately. To check your version and to update, click the three vertical dots at the top right of the browser, then Help, then About. A panel there will say whether the browser is on the latest version and, if it’s not, will provide information on updating.

Google Chrome users should update browsers to the latest version following a vague security warning from Google.

The warning from Google notes a critical issue for Windows, Mac, and Linux operating systems. The issue is described as "Use after free in speech recognizer,” but the warning doesn’t divulge much more.

Sophos, a cybersecurity firm, speculated via Forbes that the error allows hackers to run malicious code remotely on computers using Chrome, and that Google is withholding details to limit exploits until more users protect themselves by updating their browsers.

No matter the details, Chrome users are urged to upgrade to browser version 81.0.4044.113 or later immediately. To check your version and to update, click the three vertical dots at the top right of the browser, then Help, then About. A panel there will say whether the browser is on the latest version and, if it’s not, will provide information on updating.


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