Just eight days after releasing Chrome 19, Google has patched 13 flaws in the popular Web browser, including several that leave it open to remote corruption.
Released Wednesday, Google explained in a blog posting that the new version of Chrome 19.0.1084.52 for Windows, Mac and Linux fixes 13 bugs, two of which — a user-after-free flaw in the cache and a memory corruption vulnerability — were labeled critical, meaning they could be exploited by an attacker to gain privileged access to infected systems and run malicious code.
Nine of the remaining bugs were labeled "high" risk, and two were labeled "medium." For their work in identifying and reporting the glitches, Google paid independent researchers $4,837 as part of its bug bounty-hunting program.
The new, patched Chrome follows Google's May 15 release of Chrome 19, which introduced a tab-syncing feature that enables users to sync all their open tables across all their devices.
To make sure you're running the most current version of Chrome, click on the wrench icon in the top right corner of the browser, then select "About Google Chrome."