Chrome and Windows 7 32-Bit Vulnerabilities Threat Alert

Chrome and Windows 7 32-Bit Vulnerabilities Threat Alert

March 14, 2019 | Mina Hao

Overview

On March 7 (local time), Google released a security advisory to announce the existence of a Microsoft Windows vulnerability. According to Google, this local privilege escalation vulnerability could be exploited together with the vulnerability (CVE-2019-5786) in Google Chrome announced last week, to take control of the machine of the victim.

Finding this vulnerability exploited in the wild, Google decided to release this vulnerability to alert users.

Currently, Google Chrome has pushed an automatic update to fix the vulnerability (CVE-2019-5786) and Windows is still preparing the related vulnerability patch.

For details, please click the following link:

https://security.googleblog.com/2019/03/disclosing-vulnerabilities-to-protect.html

Vulnerability Impact

  • The vulnerability in Chrome affects Chrome browsers that are not the latest on all platforms (Windows, Mac OS, and Linux).
  • According to Google, the vulnerability in Windows only affects 32-bit Windows 7 systems.

Affected Versions

  • Google Chrome earlier than 72.0.3626.121
  • 32-bit Windows 7 systems

Solution

Users of Google Chrome should upgrade the browser to a secure version as soon as possible.

According to researchers from Google, before Microsoft releases a fix, the vulnerability in Windows can still be used for privilege escalation or used along with vulnerabilities in other browsers for sandbox escape. Therefore, users are advised to update to Windows 10 and apply patches once available.

Google will release updated information related to this vulnerability on the following link:

https://security.googleblog.com/2019/03/disclosing-vulnerabilities-to-protect.html

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