Google has updated its Chrome Web browser and fixed 12 security vulnerabilities, several of which could be exploited to gain unauthorized access to your system.
Released April 5, Chrome version 126.96.36.199 addresses seven high-risk, user-after-free bugs that could permit an attacker to run arbitrary code on infected computers. In accordance with its bug bounty hunting program, Google paid researchers $6,000 for reporting the bugs, Dennis Fisher from Kaspersky Lab reported.
This is Google's second Chrome update in about a week; on March 29, the company released Chrome 18.0.1025.142, which tackled nine security glitches and included the newest version of Adobe Flash Player. The new Chrome, released today, contains another, updated Flash Player, Fisher said.
Chrome should install itself automatically, but if you want to see if you're using the most up-to-date version, click on the wrench icon in the top right corner of our browser, and then select "About Google Chrome." If your browser hasn't yet updated itself, an "Update Now" tab will prompt you to do so.