updated 11/18/2011 10:49:02 AM ET 2011-11-18T15:49:02

Google updated Chrome this week, fixing a high-risk vulnerability that leaves outdated versions of the popular Web browser open to attack.

The updated browser, version 15.0.874.121, was released Wednesday (Nov. 16) to fix a flaw in V8, Chrome's JavaScript engine. The security bug, if exploited, could allow an attacker to remotely execute malicious code on an infected system, Google wrote on its Chrome blog.

For identifying and reporting the error, Google paid researcher Christian Holler $1,000 in accordance with its bounty-hunting program for bugs.

This is the second Chrome update in the past week; on Nov. 10, Google fixed seven Chrome bugs, five of which were labeled high risk.

If you use Chrome, your browser should automatically update itself. To check, click on the wrench in the top right corner, next to the star symbol, and then choose "About Google Chrome."

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