A new version of Google’s web browser was announced on June 12. Chrome 67.0.3396.87 (change log) is a bug fix release; a single security vulnerability is addressed. Check your version by navigating Chrome’s menu to
About Google Chrome.
The latest version of Chrome includes a fix for a single security vulnerability with High severity.
To check your Chrome version, click the vertical-ellipses icon at the top right of its window, then select
About Google Chrome. If an update is available, it will usually start downloading automatically.
Yesterday’s release of Google Chrome brings its current version number to 67.0.3396.62. The new version is mostly about security fixes: there are thirty-four in all, none of which are flagged with Critical severity.
The change log for Chrome 67.0.3396.62 is a monster, listing 10855 changes in all. Don’t try viewing that page with an older computer or browser.
Google hasn’t seen fit to highlight any of the changes in Chrome 67.0.3396.62 in the release announcement, other than mentioning that Site Isolation may or may not be enabled. Site Isolation is a new security feature that’s being rolled out in stages.
As usual, the new Chrome version “will roll out over the coming days/weeks.” If that’s too vague for you (it is for me), an update can usually be triggered by navigating Chrome’s menu (the vertical ellipses icon at the top right) to
About Google Chrome.
Check your version of Chrome by clicking that three-dot (vertical ellipses?) icon at the top right, and selecting
About Google Chrome from the menu.
Of course, while keeping Chrome up to date is a good way to protect yourself from browser-based malware, you should also be careful when using extensions. Even Google-approved extensions obtained from the Chrome Web Store may contain malware. Recently, as many as 100,000 computers running Chrome were infected with malware hidden in seven different extensions from the Chrome Web Store.
Spring has sprung, and with it, a load of updates from Microsoft and Adobe.
This month from Microsoft: sixty-seven updates, fixing sixty-nine security vulnerabilities in Windows, Internet Explorer, Office, Edge, .NET, Flash, and various development tools. Seventeen of the vulnerabilities addressed are flagged as Critical and can lead to remote code execution.
The details are as usual buried in Microsoft’s Security Update Guide. You may find it easier to examine that information in spreadsheet form, which you can obtain by clicking little Download link partway down the page on the right. Just above that there’s a link to the release notes for this month’s updates, but don’t expect much useful information there.
Update 2018May11: If you were looking for something to motivate your patching endeavours, consider this: two of the vulnerabilities addressed in this month’s updates are being actively exploited on the web.
As you might have guessed from Microsoft’s Flash updates, Adobe released a new version of Flash today. Flash 184.108.40.206 addresses a single critical vulnerability in previous versions. You can find release notes for Flash 29 on the Adobe web site.
You can get Flash from Windows Update if you run a Microsoft browser, via Chrome’s internal updater, or from the official Flash download page. If you use the Flash download page, make sure to disable any optional installs, as they are generally not useful.
Say what you will about Google, they do a great job of fixing security issues in their flagship browser software, Chrome.
As usual, Google says the new version “will roll out over the coming days/weeks”. Unless you’ve disabled all of Google’s automatic updating mechanisms, Chrome will update itself, but it’s difficult to predict exactly when that will happen. However, you can usually trigger an update by running Chrome, clicking its menu button (the three dot icon at the top right), and selecting
About Google Chrome.
The latest version of Google Chrome includes sixty-two security fixes, and a limited trial of a new feature called Site Isolation that should help to reduce the risk from Spectre-related vulnerabilities.
Check your version of Chrome by clicking the three-vertical-dots menu button at the top right, and selecting
About Google Chrome. Doing that will usually trigger an update if one is pending.
Microsoft’s contribution to our monthly headache starts with a post on the TechNet MSRC blog: April 2018 security update release. This brief page consists of the same boilerplate we get every month, and provides no details at all. We’re informed that “information about this month’s security updates can be found in the Security Update Guide” but there isn’t even a link to the SUG.
Analysis of the SUG for this month’s Microsoft updates shows that there are sixty updates, addressing sixty-eight vulnerabilities in Flash, Excel, Word, and other Office components, Internet Explorer, Edge, Windows, and Defender. Twenty-three of the vulnerabilities are flagged as Critical.
If your Windows computer is not configured for automatic updates, you’ll need to use Windows Update in the Control Panel to install them.
Adobe’s offering for this month’s patching fun is a new version of Flash Player: 220.127.116.11 (APSB18-08). Six security vulnerabilities — three flagged as Critical — are fixed in the new version.
If you’re using a web browser with Flash enabled, you should install Flash 18.104.22.168 as soon as possible. The embedded Flash used in Internet Explorer 11 and Edge on newer versions of Windows will get the new version via Windows Update. Chrome’s embedded Flash will be updated via Chrome’s automatic update system. To update the desktop version of Flash, visit the About Flash page.
A single security issue prompted the release of Chrome 65.0.3325.181 earlier this week.
Since this is a security update, it’s a good idea to check what version of Chrome you’re running, and update it if necessary.
Chrome usually updates itself automatically, but you can encourage it to update by selecting
About Google Chrome from its menu ( at the top right).
Chrome will update itself automatically on most platforms, but you can usually encourage it to update by selecting
About Google Chrome from its menu (hidden behind that weird three-dot button at the top right).