Chrome 96 Plugs High-Risk Browser Flaws

Google this week announced the availability of Chrome 96 in the stable channel with fixes for 25 security flaws, including 18 bugs reported by external security researchers.

Of the externally reported security flaws, seven are rated “high severity.” Google described the high-risk bugs as use-after-free issues in components such as media, storage foundation, and loader.

The remaining three vulnerabilities addressed with this browser release include a Type Confusion in V8 and two inappropriate implementations, in cache and service workers.

A total of ten medium severity bugs were patched in Chrome this week, including a Type Confusion in V8, a heap buffer overflow in fingerprint recognition, an out of bounds write in Swiftshader, inappropriate implementations in input, navigation, and referrer, and insufficient policy enforcements in background fetch, iframe sandbox, CORS, and contacts picker.

Google also patched an inappropriate implementation in WebAuthentication, which is considered low severity.

The Internet search giant said it paid roughly $60,000 in bug bounty rewards to the external researchers who reported the vulnerabilities.

The latest Chrome version is now rolling out to Windows, Mac and Linux users as version 96.0.4664.45.

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Ionut Arghire is an international correspondent for SecurityWeek.

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