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updated 9/19/2011 7:19:14 PM ET 2011-09-19T23:19:14

Google has fixed 32 security vulnerabilities in its popular Chrome Web browser and in process released a shiny, updated version of Chrome.

Chrome version 14 was rolled out on Sept. 16, and updated to address security flaws in the previous version of the browser, which an attacker could use to perform several exploits against users, including spoofing URLs and injecting malicious code on infected systems, Google wrote on its Chrome blog.

Fifteen of the 32 bugs were labeled "high," which is Google's second most-serious ranking; none of the flaws were marked as "Critical," a ranking used to classify flaws that could potentially allow an attacker to bypass Chrome's sandbox security system.

For identifying and reporting the Chrome flaws, Google paid bug bounty hunters $14,337. Another giant in the online world, Facebook, runs a similar bug-hunting program that leverages the skills of independent researchers.

If you use Chrome, the browser should automatically update itself to version 14. To check, click on the wrench icon in the upper right corner of the Web page and then select "About Google Chrome."

No matter what Web browser you use, make sure to strengthen your defenses against nasty computer bugs and the attackers looking to exploit them by running up-to-date anti-virus and anti-malware software on your computer.

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