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Indian govt issues high risk warning for Google Chrome and Apple iTunes. Here's what you must do

Indian government's CERT warns of vulnerabilities in iTunes and Google Chrome desktop apps that could allow hackers to access and execute code remotely.

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(FILES) In this file photo taken on August 04, 2020, a member of the hacking group Red Hacker Alliance who refused to give his real name, uses his computer at their office in Dongguan, China's southern Guangdong province. - Cybercrime is expected to cost the global economy more than $1 trillion this year, up more than 50 percent since 2018, a research report said on December 7, 2020. The report by McAfee Corp. with the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) concluded that the cost of online criminal activity is more than one percent of global economic output, and also had significant non-monetary impacts. (Photo by NICOLAS ASFOURI / AFP) (AFP)

Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT) under the Indian government has issued a warning about vulnerabilities in iTunes and Google Chrome desktop applications. The agency says these vulnerabilities could allow hackers to remotely access a user's device and execute arbitrary code.

CERT warning for Apple iTunes: 

CERT stated that the vulnerability in Apple iTune exists due to improper checks in a component called 'CoreMedia', which could be exploited by hackers by sending a specially crafted request. The vulnerability affects users of Apple iTunes on Windows prior to version 12.13.2.

Explaining the issue via a report, CERT stated, “This vulnerability exists in Apple Product due to improper checks in CoreMedia component. A remote attacker could exploit this vulnerability by sending a specially crafted request. Successful exploitation of this vulnerability could allow a remote attacker to execute arbitrary code on the targeted system."

How can Apple iTunes users protect themselves from this vulnerability? 

CERT states that updating to the latest version of iTunes should help mitigate the potential vulnerabilities. To update their iTunes applications on Windows, users can go to the Help section and click Check for Updates.

CERT warning for Google Chrome users: 

CERT has found several vulnerabilities in Google Chrome that could be used by a potential hacker to gain access to a targeted system. The vulnerabilities in Chrome exist due to a bug in the Visuals and ANGLE components called 'use-after-free' and could be used by a hacker to execute a specially crafted HTML page to cause ‘heap corruption’.

CERT also stated that the ‘vulnerability under CVE-2024-4671 is being exploited in the wild. Users are advised to patch the vulnerable devices immediately.’

The vulnerabilities affect Google Chrome users on desktop prior to version 124.0.6367.201/.202 for Windows and Mac and version 124.0.6367.201 for Linux.

How can Google Chrome users protect themselves from this new vulnerability? 

Google Chrome users on Windows, Mac and Linux are advised to update to the latest version to mitigate potential vulnerabilities. To update to the latest version, users can navigate to the 'Help' option and click on 'About Google Chrome', which will automatically search for a new version.

 

 

 

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Published: 12 May 2024, 12:22 PM IST
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