A New Vulnerability Discovered in Google Chrome

A New Vulnerability Discovered in Google Chrome

A cybersecurity warning was issued by Google yesterday, Dec. 12, 2018, regarding a new vulnerability in Google Chrome that could allow for arbitrary code execution. Successful exploitation of this vulnerability could allow a breach. A stable channel update is available.

What It Is:
Google Chrome is a web browser used to access the Internet. Successful exploitation of this vulnerability could allow an attacker to execute arbitrary code in the context of the browser. Depending on the privileges associated with the application, an attacker could install programs; view, change, or delete data; or create new accounts with full user rights. If this application has been configured to have fewer user rights on the system, exploitation of the vulnerability could have less impact than if it was configured with administrative rights.

See the original Google Chrome release.

Threat Intelligence:
There are currently no reports of this vulnerability being exploited in the wild.

What It Means:
If your business or organization utilizes Google Chrome, you will need to install the stable channel update immediately after testing to address this vulnerability to prevent a possible security breach.

Systems Affected Include:
• Google Chrome versions prior to 71.0.3578.98

Risk:
Government:
• Large and medium government entities: High
• Small government entities: Medium
Businesses:
• Large and medium business entities: High
• Small business entities: Medium
Home users: Low

Technical Summary:
A vulnerability has been discovered in Google Chrome, which could allow for arbitrary code execution. This vulnerability is caused by a use-after-free flaw in PDFium (CVE-2018-17481).

What To Do:
We recommend the following actions be taken:

• Apply stable channel update provided by Google to vulnerable systems immediately after appropriate testing.
• Run all software as a non-privileged user (one without administrative privileges) to diminish the effects of a successful attack.
• Remind users not to visit untrusted websites or follow links provided by unknown or untrusted sources.
• Inform and educate users regarding the threats posed by hypertext links contained in emails or attachments especially from untrusted sources.
• Apply the Principle of Least Privilege to all systems and services.

Negative Consequences of Lost or Stolen Data Include:

The loss or theft of proprietary data can have severe impacts, particularly if the compromise becomes public and sensitive information is exposed. Possible impacts include:

• Temporary or permanent loss of sensitive or proprietary information.
• Disruption to regular operations.
• Financial losses incurred to restore systems and files.
• Potential harm to an organization’s reputation.

Should your agency or business need assistance with the detection of vulnerabilities in Google Chrome or updates to include patches, Dox can help. Please contact Dox if there is anything we can do to assist in securing your agency, business, or organization.

Thank you for your time and stay safe online.