Update urgently: Google apps make you vulnerable

Deepak Gupta
Deepak Gupta January 21, 2022
Updated 2022/01/21 at 7:41 AM

The search engine company Google has built up a remarkable infrastructure over the past two decades. In addition to various hardware, it also includes operating systems and suitable applications. It’s not that easy to keep track of things. Every now and then a company of this size needs help from outside. Also on the security risks in some Google apps the team was made aware of this by external parties.

Google apps: 26 gaps in Chrome closed

Specifically, the latest update affects the Google Chrome app for the desktop. “This update contains 26 security fixes,” says the Google Blog. With the update of the Google apps for Windows, Mac and Linux, the developers fix one critical, 20 high and five medium risk vulnerabilities. The outsiders who pointed out the grievances to the company received sums of between 2,000 and 20,000 US dollars for their work.

“The stable channel has been updated to 97.0.4692.99 for Windows, Mac and Linux and will be rolled out in the next few days/weeks. The extended stable channel has also been updated to 96.0.4664.110 for Windows and Mac and will be released in the next few days/weeks.”

Prudhvikumar Bommana (via Google Blog)

Update for the Android app

The tech giant did not disclose any security gaps in the Google apps for iOS and Android. However, the Chrome Android app also received an update on Wednesday. “This release includes stability and performance improvements,” writes Google employee Ben Masin. “You can see a full list of changes in the git log [hier] see. If you find a new issue, please let us know by reporting a bug.”

However, Google is currently attracting particular attention in a completely different way. As a result of some criticism from the EU and the USA, the group is taking a defensive stance. The current Google lawsuit by the US Congress is sometimes endangering the health of users.

The company is also working on further expanding its infrastructure. Some new features of the Android 13 operating system are already known.

Source: Google Blog; Google Git

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