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The latest update to the browser on Windows, Mac, and Linux is needed to protect against a serious security vulnerability that is being exploited by hackers.

The company said in a September 2nd post that it's aware of reports of an exploit in the wild. The problem was reported by an anonymous person on August 30th and is expected to be fixed soon.

A serious security vulnerability that hackers are actively exploiting

The nature of the bug hasn't been released. What we know so far is that it has to do with insufficient data validation in a collection of libraries used by Chromium.

The company said that access to bug details and links may be restricted until a majority of users are up to date with a fix. The vulnerability can be exploited before the new update closes the chance for attacks.

The update needs to be activated by relaunching the browser. This will update the browser to version 105.0.5195. You can make sure you are using the latest version by clicking the icon in the top right corner of your browser. You can find out if Chrome is up to date by going to a page that tells you.

Just days after the release of Chrome version 105, there is a new update. There were 24 security fixes in that update. That wasn't enough.

This is the sixth zero-day vulnerability that has been faced by the browser. The last vulnerability that was actively exploited was in August.